European Delights 2009 travel blog

Stonehenge

Roman Baths

Bath houses

Bath River

Lacock Village


Wow! That was a crazy week, I´m writing this from Spain on the 30th as I have not had a moment to fill you all in! Now let me back track to Bath....

The train ride was a pleasent 3 hours direct, and at only 5 pounds a real bargain. A five minute walk to our accommodation, The White Hart Inn, simple but in the action and including breakfast which is always important when travelling!

We had planned a whirlwind tour as we only had from about 2pm until 10 in the morning to see all the sights which is in actual fact quite impossible. I ran to the tourist office and booked a four hour tour to Stonehenge and Lacock, a lovley old Ebnglish village know for the recent filming of some Harry Potter scenes.

Stonehenge has always seemed to me to be clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, I think is an amazing feat of engineering and has to be the most important prehistoric site in England. But today I found out beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance. Early legends link it with Merlin and King Arthur, but over the last hundred years the midsummer sunrise has attracted pagan groups and followers of the Ancient Order of Druids.

It was just as magiacl as I thought it would be.

Then we were off to Lacock. It´s a charming rural village untouched by modern development

and dates back to the 13th-century, remaining largely unchanged over the centuries and has many limewashed, half-timbered and stone houses. During the Middle Ages Lacock became a prosperous and thriving town through its wool industry. The village was well placed for communications, sited as it was on the 'cloth road' from London and the River Avon, which gave access to the sea at Avonmouth near Bristol. It was a highlight to stumble across this beautiful little town.

Arriving back in Bath we whipped around to vosit the beautiful Georgian City relishing in the panoramic tour of some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms and the famous Pulteney Bridge. Explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the sacred spring - the waters were believed to have healing properties and attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.

After dinner Dad went off to a comedy night tour whilst I visited the THermal Baths and Roman baths. It felt as though thee past, present and future became one. I had a whole hour to enjoy Britain's only natural thermal waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago. It was definately an experience where I can bathed in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters, huge vichy rain shower, pure essence steam rooms and roof top termal overlooking the sunset over beautiful Bath. This was definately designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.

Alkl in all I could have spent a lot longer in this entracing city....



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