London Times | Bath

First, let's get something straight - it's not pronounced "bath", with the 'a' sound as in 'apple' - it's pronounced with the 'a' sound as in 'father'. This link takes you to a website where you can hear it on your computer!

Now that we have that cleared up, here's what we did as we took a side trip to Bath on our way back to London.

In the morning, Sue and I walked down the street to the local church - it is only open on Sundays and serves the small community. We're talking old and rustic here - it's pretty much a single roomed building with no electricity.
Little Church
Sue tells me they hold a candlelight service at Christmas - I bet that is really amazing.

There's still some remnants of rain and mist on the green pastures. I tried to capture that misty look, but I don't think it happened in this photo:
Grazing

Regardless, Sue and I had a wonderful walk.

College Friends, Reunited
Old college friends are the best.
Sue pulled out several old picture books from our college days - it was fun reminiscing and my daughter got to see photos of me when I was a lot younger!

On our way back to the train station, we stopped off by the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Observatory. Built in the 1800's, it spans the Avon gorge and the Avon River. Being an engineer, I find these things pretty interesting.
clifton Suspension Bridge

The previous day, we viewed the bridge from a different vantage point - down the river:
Early Engineering Feat

Oh wait, I was supposed to write about Bath, not about early Bristol landmarks!

We said our goodbyes to Sue and hopped on the train heading to Bath. After a nice lunch at a cafe, we walked to the main center - the famed Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.

The Bath Abbey:
Bath Abbey

Visitors can take a nice tour of the famous Roman Baths where evidence of Roman architecture abounds. Fed by hot springs, the complex was built over the first three centuries AD.
Guardian, Perhaps

The main pool serves as the centerpiece of the complex, although there are inner rooms with pools. Spring water still flows through the structure.
The Baths

Steaming
Yes, it was steaming and yes, I touched the water - it seemed comfortably warm.

After the Roman Baths, we walked up through the Mall area to the Royal Crescent - a series of houses built in a sweeping arc, high upon the Bath landscape. The structure is very impressive and distinct to the area.

The Royal Crescent
The rain had started to fall when we approached (yes, rain, even with blue skies!) - the photo above was taken with my iPhone using a panoramic app. Looking back now, I wish I had taken the series with my big camera.

There's so much more one can take in while visiting Bath, but sadly, we ran out of time. This only means I'll need to go back some day in the future!

Robyn  – (June 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM)  

Shirley,
Looks like you had a wonderful time in Bath. College friends are priceless! How fun for you two to catch up.

The first picture is awesome. I love the church and the B&W really adds to it.

Diane  – (June 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM)  

I actually appreciate learning that I've been pronouncing Bath incorrectly all these years. When it's said correctly, it sounds rather regal.
And I think you did get that mist in that lovely photo at the top -- beautiful scene.

Betty Manousos  – (June 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM)  

i 've always wanted to visit bath...argh, someday i will; so thank you for posting these fantastic photos of bath.
looks like you've had a great time in this beautiful city of england.

:))

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (June 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM)  

The architecture is just awesome. Not awesome in the way that people overuse the word....really and truly awesome.

Catherine  – (June 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM)  

What a beautiful way to reconnect with old friends. I love the rustic church and suspension bridge. And all the muted ochres and browns of the Roman architecture... Gorgeous photos Shirley!

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