Thursday, April 18 – After a restful night in the Abbey Hotel in Bath, it’s time to get up and get going! And, since I’m the early riser, I went on down to the breakfast area for some good ole-fashioned vittles. Seems they forgot to fix them vittles, pardner – all they seemed to have was the ever-present continental breakfast, or the optional “glutton-fest” FULL English breakfast 🙂 I decided to visit the Continent for this go-round. Juice, fruit, scones, and…… wait for it….. the Americano coffee 🙂 Actually, we got good coffee everywhere we went in England – wasn’t a problem at all 🙂
After my sumptuous repast, I gathered up Natalie and we joined the others to plan our day. And, I don’t remember the exact order in which we did things on that day, but there were really only a few line items – we wanted to visit the Roman baths, we wanted to visit the Abbey (another HUGE cathedral!!), and wander the stores a bit. This was scheduled to be something of a ‘free’ afternoon for us, so there was no big rush to get things done on our official itinerary.
First, the Baths. These were discovered many thousands of years ago by Early Man, then when the Romans came during the first century they developed them into the configuration we see today. There were many rooms and chambers dedicated to the washing of the body in warm mineral waters – a winning combination. The Romans were already hooked on having public baths back in Rome, and here they could have the same thing without having to use slaves to stoke fires to heat the water. I’m sure there were still many slaves in evidence, tending to the privileged Romans enjoying a splash with friends. We enjoyed strolling all through the complex, seeing the source of the hot spring water and how it was routed all through the bath complex. The Romans were certainly good engineers! Very informative visit, good memories, again!
The Abbey itself was another of those impossible constructions – how on earth did they do it, given the time in man’s history, with no power assists at all. Even trying to imagine how they did the architectural drawings to pass along to the craftsmen boggles the mind. I would love to live nearby to one or more of these amazing edifices to really explore them. At least I can go do some research now, after having seen some of the best!
The rest of the time in Bath on Day 7 was spent in lazy strolling and shopping, taking more photographs, then finally we wound up back at the hotel for the evening meal. Another good time of camaraderie, sharing our experiences!
Tomorrow would be another exciting day of discovery, but alas! it would be our last day of the guided tour with our new friends Roger, Lyn, and Charlie Jaques 😦 We’d be on our way to see Stonehenge, then Woodhenge (??), and a number of other interesting destinations. I’ll describe those in more detail in the next post. For now, enjoy the photo gallery 🙂