Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Bath

28 June 2008, Saturday
World Heritage Site - Bath, UK

Bath is a historic Roman city, situated 100miles west of London. Bath is famous of hot springs , Roman period baths and stately Georgian architecture.

Dedicated to Aquae Sulies, whom the Romans identified with Minerva. The three hot springs within the city were sacred to goddess Minerva. The Roman period saw a vast complex of baths. The curse tablets with messages in Latin can be seen. These are curses laid on people, whom the writer thought was wrong. I too laid a curses on all those people who have kindled and provoked me. ;-)

It was Saturday afternoon, before we spotted a longstay and started our self guided walking tour of city.


Lunch time - A veggie delight of Veggie Burger & Bath buns.

Bath was on my wish list for long. How I always wanted to walk through Bath, imagining the days of Romans. But to my dismay, Bath presented itself in its touristy attire.

Roman Baths – Built by Romans around 2000yrs ago, and later rediscovered by the victorians, A must see tourist attraction. The building houses housed the calidarium (hot bath), tepidarium (warm bath), and frigidarium (cold bath)

The street music in front of Roman Baths.

To some, it is tradition to have tea in the Pump Room, listen to some chamber music or stringed quartet, and having the famous Bath Bun. (Bath Buns are buttery bun with large bits of sugar and raisins)

Bath Abbey – an impressive large church, located next to Roman Baths.

The statue of ‘The Lady with the Pitcher’

Parade Gardens along the grandeur of River Avon.

Pulteney Bridge – designed by Robert Adam in 1773. This is one of the four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides, overlooking the Pulteney Weir.

Great Pulteney Street – Georgian street

Cleveland House and the Cast iron bridge of Sydney Gardens over Kennet and Avon Canal.

Royal Circus - A circular Georgian town house.

The entire city of Bath is dotted by such Pigs, in various designs. This one with glass mosaic.

Royal Crescent – the Georgian town house. A magnificent crescent of houses completed in 1774, and the large semicircular shaped lawn infront of the Royal Crescent.

I however missed the Bath Oliver biscuit - a dry baked biscuit, which Bath is famous for.

1 comment:

Madhu said...

Beautiful place. Liked the piggie images specifically. So, even pigs have wings :o)

Where are your curse tablets?

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