Monday, September 27, 2010

Around Bath

Today we visited Bath. It is only 13 miles away - down a lot of twisty roads - so it only took half an hour to get there. It was a bit misty and dampish but not raining or as cold as yesterday.

The first sight we visited was the Bath Abbey. It was established back in Norman times but is still a functioning parish church and is very beautiful with splendid stain glass windows at each end - the most beautiful church we have visited so far. Almost makes you wish you were an Anglican.

The next sight was the Roman Baths - for which Bath is famous. The museum was really excellent and showed the actual ruins of the Roman temple honouring Sulis Minerva and the spa-like baths where the Romans relaxed in hot pools created by underground hot springs. Sulis Minerva is a combination Celtic and Roman goddess who was thought to provide healing through the hot springs. The Bath hot springs are the only hot springs in the UK and Bath is the only naturally heated Roman Bath anywhere. The museum was jammed with tourists - probably on day trips from London - but it was still easy to see everything and the audiotape was impressive. We were there for at least 3 hours. There was even a special kids audiotape version and we highly recommend it for everyone.

We walked around the old part of the town of Bath and then came home to Lacock where we had dinner in the village at the Red Lion Pub. We had an interesting chat with the owner who has friends in Calgary and travelled to Canada every year for 17 years. She loves the Calgary and the Stampede but had never been to the Lakes District. We realized that we have never been to the Calgary Stampede!

Every night we have been here we have walked one kilometre from our B&B to the actual village. We cross the River Avon on the "weak bridge," go down some side roads, then along a paved path through a field with sheep in it, and eventually to the village itself. There aren't many lights anywhere. Tonight we stopped on our way home to listen to the church carillon playing. Funny how it seemed so much more delightful than the carillon on the little wooden church in Roche Harbor. The first 2 nights we were here, the moon was full and the path through the field looked like a white streak in the dark field. But tonight the path was wet and dark and hard to distinguish from the grass. Both path and grass are well covered in sheep droppings - so crossing the filed is a bit of a hazard even in daylight!

Tomorrow we plan to retrace our route to Salisbury, the Roman ruins at Old Sarum, and the Caen Hill (canal) Locks. The next day we'll travel to Keswick (pronounced kessik).

We reached cousin Ann by phone and plan to visit her on the last day of our trip - October 18. It will be interesting to meet her after all these years.

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