Trip Start May 04, 2007
16Trip End May 21, 2007
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Today Rob Garner took us to the town of Bath, about 65 miles northwest of Bournemouth. The trip takes about 2 hours because the roads are quite curvy. The journey to Bath is a sight in itself. The countryside is breathtaking, at several points the trees and foliage make a majestic tunnel of the road. We passed several small towns that have a measure of fame...Blandford (where Prince William is stationed) and Tollard Royal (where Madonna has a home).
Upon arriving at Bath, we immediately entered the Pump Room for a quick bite to eat. The dining room was magnificent, with a string quartet playing in the front of the room. As you can see in the pictures, the room is grand and a fountain that pumps up the spring waters is toward the side of the room. If you choose to watch the video, I would suggest that you begin loading it and then minimize the window to do something else (as it takes awhile to load, but you'll hear the quartet in the background and get a view of the room). I ordered a Bath bun (see picture) and it was wonderful; the water, well...I had a few sips and felt "healed."
We then toured the ancient Roman Baths (60 A.D.), perhaps the most well-known attraction in the town of Bath. The baths were incredible: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/. It was amazing to see how ingenious the ancient Romans were in using the warm natural spring waters for cleanliness and health. I have many pictures of these Baths, but will only post a few here.
After touring the baths, we entered the famous Bath Abbey (about 1499, although abbeys were founded there earlier: http://www.bathabbey.org/about.html. The abbey was damaged in WWII, but was restored in the 1990's. The building itself was beautiful and I noticed that many people are interred below the abbey itself (or have memorials stones on the floors).
We also visited the Royal Crescent area (some very expensive flats and a nice hotel) and went to the Jane Austen museum. We also visited the Costume museum, which was free due to the fact that most of the museum was closed due to an upcoming exhibition. Our host, Rob, was fantastic. He told us many things about the area and he encouraged us to tour the local attractions.