Bath (17th - 18th September 2008)
Sep 17, 2008
|Well after dropping off the hire car it was time to finally have a look around what has been our home for the past few days: Bath. Bath is quite a picturesque little town, the well to do would come down from London to stay for weeks on end ..... and before them the Romans. The Romans built a bath because they enjoyed having the hot (but green) water as gas heating was expensive during the credit crunch. After a while they decided that it was quite expensive sending their soldiers over from Rome to have a dip in the therapeutic waters so they packed up and went home (at this time solar hot water was just becoming popular in Rome), so then the old rich people from London came down to soak away their tinea whilst conducting business deals and dancing.
We really enjoyed a few days of just doing what ever we felt like. We did the city walking tour to make sure that we saw all of the main sights and then just relaxed. One of the stops on the walk was the home of Nicolas Cage, he purchased the property and then to keep his privacy took off the number on the door. Now his stands out as they are numbered around the circle, only it now reads 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9. Our guide commented that the English were intelligent enough to realise what came between 6 & 8.
We found a small cinema and decided to watch, The Duchess, as much of it was filmed in Bath. It was interesting to hear the oohhs of the locals when there was a scene using local Bath landmarks. Most noticeable was the Royal Crescent which is one of the most expensive parts of Bath even today.
Whilst searching the bookcase in the apartment Leah came across a book which I thought resembled our own encounter in Ballarat in the mid 90's.
'I Know My Love.
The Australian Gold Rush – A World of Naked Violence and Passion.
Ballarat 1854 .... a bleak encampment of tents in a valley. Here 30,000 men scramble for gold under their feet by day – and every night drink it, gamble it away or spend it on their women.
Strange circumstances in Ballarat bring these two women together.
Rose Maguire, ravishing and flamboyant, who meets life with open arms and a calculating brain .....
Emma Brown, lonely, shy and gentle – who has killed two men ....
Their lives are inextricably tangled when they fall in love with the same man.'
Unfortunately we were not around long enough to read their gripping story.