Monday, October 02, 2006

August 2006 - Bath, England

Bath (pronounced "Bawth") is an incredibly picturesque little town where all of the buildings are constructed of the same color limestone.

Bath's claim to fame is this large gothic cathedral, which contains a memorial for Jane Austen, and, of course, . . .the ancient Roman Baths, which are extremely well preserved. The Baths were built and used by the Romans during the 2 century A.D. when they conquered and inhabited what the Romans then considered "Britagna". The Baths were later renovated and used by the British during the Georgian period (17th-18th century).

According to the audio guide, the baths were used during the 17th and 18th century to heal the ailing. The hot water that flowed through the baths still flows today from a natural hot spring located beneath Bath. Londoners often made a pilgrimage to Bath to cure themselves of tuberculosis, gaut, arthritis and many other diseases.

After an afternoon touring the ancient baths, we went to the Thermae Bath Spa. Using water from the natural hot spring, these modern baths have several level of pools. Our favorite was the outdoor, rooftop hot pool that we enjoyed at sunset. The views of the town were incredible.

Casandra has officially gone crazy from all the travelling!!

This local pub had some pretty good British food (pardon the oxymoron). Casandra enjoyed her first experience with fish and chips right here.

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