Visiting Bath required leaving the flat early and catching a train that arrived at 11:20. This left about five hours before sunset to explore the town and Roman baths, which really wasn't enough. I thought the Roman baths would be the only thing worth seeing in Bath, but the town itself was quite interesting. Our first stop was Bath Abby, shown inside and out:
From the abby we went to the Roman Baths. These were built approximately 2000 years ago using a natural hot water sulfer spring. The baths fell into ruin after the Romans left, then were discovered and excavated, making Bath a popular destination since the 18th century. Upon entering the partially restored baths we were greeted by a Gorgon's head which had been part of the central pediment of the temple of Minerva Sulis, the deity of Bath. Apparently the Romans, never averse to mixing religion with politics and conquest, merged their god Minerva with the Celtic water god Sulis in order to create a holy site agreeable to all.
The lighting was not good for pictures of the interior of the Bath Museum, plus some parts were really steamy. That is unfortunate, the baths are very well restore, better than any other Roman baths I've visited. These are the only pictures that came out well, two shots of a restored bath and one of the enclosed spring:
This is the street just outside of the Bath Museum. I think it's a cool little city:
We walked around Bath past some really nice parks and architecture, but it was too dark for my camera. Late in the afternoon Mom went to the Jane Austin Center, located at 40 Gay Street, Queen's Square, Bath, and I went to a pub. I'm not a Jane Austin fan, and there's something about that address..... Anyway, we took the train back to London and arrived at the flat a little before midnight.