At the Roman Baths
Trip Start Mar 29, 2012
10Trip End Apr 15, 2012
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After checking in to the Lanesborough St
On Thursday morning, our breakfast came to the room right on time. It was nearly 8 AM, and we dragged ourselves out of bed for tea, coffee, and...well..a feast! We each had a glass of their vegetable and fruit juice "concoction", toast, spinach omelette, fried eggs, yogurt and granola, and assorted fruit plate. After we got dressed, properly for the cold weather, we headed via taxi to the famed Paddington Station. Or as Mom calls it, "Paddington Bear Station". We couldn't help but notice the style of fashion of Londoners, how unique and mismatched to perfection it was. I deemed it a new style, called London...original right?
We took the train to the ancient city of Bath, about an hour and thirty minutes outside the city of London. It was a quick ride, very inexpensive and a great way to reach the city stress-free. Although the town is very small, when you first see it, you're at once filled with awe at its old sixteenth century architecture, cobbled streets, and bustling local residents at every turn. Along with it, you really get a feel for its rich history and want to get to know the story of Bath
The Roman Baths Museum was small, but filled with so much unique history. When the Roman's conquered that area of England, they greatly missed home and started building bath houses like they had back in Italy. These places became a hub to those rich and poor, seeking relaxation as well as luxury. From political leaders to commoners, any could come to the baths and enjoy. Thieving, though, was rampant and if you couldn't afford a slave to watch over your belongings, they would likely be taken. A part of the museum showed us the notes found in the bath, asking the goddess to put a curse on those they suspected of stealing their precious items. As we left the bath museum, we headed straight to the Fashion Museum where we looked at all different types of garments and dresses from every notable era, from the first century A.D
Next up was to take pictures at the Royal Crescent in the central part of Bath. We found that it was actually a private residence, and we wondered who lived there. Though we couldn't fully access it, we stood at one end and I realized how overrated the whole Crescent was. It was much grander in pictures...
Time for lunch! I researched a unique, quaint, farmhouse-like restaurant in Bath called Hall & Woodhouse. We stopped just in time, my feet were dying and we were happy to finally rest up and enjoy a meal. After lunch, we hopped back on the train to London, were we indulged in a glass of wine at the lobby bar. All in all, it was an action packed day, but definitely a highlight of the trip.
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