Last Saturday, Max and I spontaneously decided to go to Bath! In retrospect, the trip itself was a fantastic idea, but the spontaneous part pretty much stabbed my wallet, twisted the knife, and then threw salt into the wound (ok, not that bad, but still it was expensive!). The city of Bath is most famous for it’s Roman Baths and luckily it was only about an hour’s train ride away from London - So off we went!
In the morning, we first walked to the Bath Abbey. The structure itself towers over the entire town and is an impressive sight. Max, the ever informative Brit, informed me that a city can only be a city when it has a Cathedral in it, otherwise its a town. We couldn’t figure out Bath, though, since the Abbey is a church and not an official cathedral, but it was still considered a city. Maybe down the line they switched the rules? Either way, the abbey was as large as all the other cathedrals I saw and still beautiful in its own right:
I thought the chandelier at the top was the coolest part. A little touch of modernity:
Remembrance Day crosses:
During our walk around town we saw some beautiful scenery and the Pulteney Bridge which is I think one of four bridges in the entire world that has shops on both sides of the bridge. It’s really bizarre, because if you were just walking down the road, you might not even realize you’re on a bridge - it’s just a continuation of more shops!
This is the bridge from the side:
And this is what it looks like on the bridge!:
Next up, the famous Roman Baths. I’ve got to say - this made the entire ticket price worth it. I was really amazed at how visitors could actually be in the Roman Bath itself. Nowadays, we’re so often limited to seeing artifacts in these glass cages, being separated from artwork because we’re too dangerous and we’ll surely destroy it with accidental sneezes or trips. But here, we could literally touch the thousand year old stones, sit on the steps by the bath, and sneakily touch the water to test out the temperature. I was amazed that they trusted visitors so much. But then again, I suppose with the Bath itself being open-aired, the weather will probably do more damage than humans will.
For educational purposes, an explanation of the hot spring!:
We saw this about 3 minutes after sticking our fingers in the water:
By far the best picture of the trip:
This one didn’t come out too well, but I thought the technology was pretty cool. The Romans would use these stacks of bricks to support the original “floor” above it. In the space below, they would place their furnaces. The heat would rise through the floor and create a spa!
We got to try some purified Bath water! It was…bizarre. It was really warm (naturally) and had a sulfuric after taste.
The Pump Room (used to be the cultural/hang out hotspot (haha!) back in the day):
Around lunch time we met up with Max’s friend from back home, George, who’s going to the Uni in Bath. This is him trying the weird Bath water (don’t make any jokes about taking baths in Bath, he’s heard them all):
Nice enough to give us a personal tour, George showed us to see the two other major attractions in Bath. The Circle:
Subjecting the boys to my non-stop photo taking. Max looks infinitely pleased:
The gigantic Crescent- It’s so much bigger than the pictures, I swear!
Hahah the height difference makes us look really awkward…
And with that, we pretty much ended our attraction-seeing trip of Bath! It was a lovely trip indeed. Many thanks to Max for indulging my spontaneous desire to go on a day trip and to George for taking time out of his day to show us around!
Up next: A British Thanksgiving Feast!