Saturday, November 24, 2007

Welcome to Bath

Good morning all, hope you've recovered from sloth on Thursday and stress on Friday; though statistics indicate you won't do your shopping until the Saturday before Christmas so maybe you've just enjoyed a nice two days off from work! We're taking it easy ourselves this weekend in Bath, England. The reason we "take a bath" is because the Romans "went to bath" 2,000 years ago to enjoy the mineral-filled hot springs.

Interestingly, we're not going to be taking a dip in the hot springs ourselves. There will be no baths to be had in Bath. It is expensive to begin with, and when you consider that neither of us remembered to pack our swimsuits, the total cost for just dipping in the springs if you skip all the massages and saunas and such is around $300. In the land of $30 trips to the laundromat, that's actually not so bad, but I'm just getting tired of spending money.

We did however go on an educational visit to the original Roman baths, which we throughly enjoyed (I just love Roman history).
Bath is significant because is the northwestern most settlement of the old Roman Empire. It's as far as they got before they realized they were overextending.

Yesterday, we took a trip to Stonehenge, and once again I completely lucked out on the weather. I happened to catch a full moon passing through the rocks at twilight, and a short while later was treated to a brilliant sunset with the sun doing the same.
Clear days are quite rare in the English countryside.

We also went through a charming town on the edge of the Cotswolds and visited lesser-known stone circles at a place called Avebury which was filled not with camera-toting tourists but rambunctious sheep.
(Notice one of the stones in the background).

I ended the night with my first ever dinner from a Nepalese restaurant. It tasted similar to Indian food but with smaller portions. I stopped at the local grocery store on the way home.


tales_from_the_crib said...

Cool! awesome stonehenge picture!

brieanna said...

the picture on top, i saw that on a video i watched on friday in social studies. it was one of the public bathtubs.