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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 1st 2015

I only have two pictures of Stonehenge because my camera was set to only expose when steady. Between the wind and my own shaking body, it took me a half hour to get these to photos! It does make you wonder how the early Britons managed to survive on these plains. After a much needed tea break, we took off for Lacock village which looks like something out of central casting. Several of the homes in this village of 200 people have been used in 'Pride and Prejudice' (1995),' Cranford', the earlier Harry Potter films and even the upcoming season of 'Downton Abbey.' We walked through this village like usurpers afraid to make a noise. Didn't see many locals as the day was cold and dreary, but met an intriguing fellow at the local artisan studio ... read more
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Potter parents
Movie site 1

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath May 31st 2015

I finally got an appointment at the Thermae Spa for a massage and a chance to bob around in their version of the Roman Baths. This was a cold, but thankfully, dry day. My good old #1 bus got me to within a couple blocks of the spa - only which blocks? Sunday mornings in Bath are pretty quite. I wandered around the same neighborhood nearly all by myself for twenty minutes ("Alone, I'm all alone. . ." I can't get Spamalot out of my head) until I stumbled on the nondescript square that housed the spa. I really expected them to give me a prize for finding the place, instead I got a rubber bracelet that was to be my only form of identification while at the spa. The first thing you lose are your ... read more
Back of Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge shops
River Avon

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath May 30th 2015

I finished up a long day with an afternoon matinee of 'Spamalot' and I still have that silly song running through my head. The most fun I've had in a very long time. I miss Monty Python, don't you? No photos of the show, of course, but I should have snapped the Royal Theatre Bath - a lovely venue. It must be great to play there. Better part of the day was spent at the Roman Baths. Briefly, the Romans discovered the hot springs in the first century and built a temple to Minerva and a complex system of bathing rooms as was a part of their custom and society at the time. Discovered in the 18th century, the British have excavated and preserved the Roman structure through the centuries. After a few priviliged (and some ... read more
Roman Baths with gothic Abbey cathedral
The spring
The Pump Room built with views over the baths.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath May 30th 2015

I devoted most of Thursday to Jane Austen. I visited the center at 25 Gay Street where her family lived for a short time after her father died in 1805 and shortly before they left the area for good. The guides are all dressed in Georgian period costumes and bear name tags like "Lizzie Bennett" or "Catherine Moreland," Very knowledgeable, they led us through the Austen family, parents and children, and their links to Bath. As you may know, there is only one portrait of Jane verified to have been drawn from life - an unfinished, unflattering attempt by her sister Cassandra when Jane was about 35. But the center has obtained a wax figure likeness of Jane that does a remarkable job of bringing her to life in about her mid twenties. The rooms are ... read more
inside Jane Austen Center
Jane Austen Center and former home
Tea Room

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath May 14th 2015

Also while in Bath we took a tour of the Bath Abbey bell tower. This tour was fantastic. It was a slow day for them so Brendan and I were the only ones on the tour. The tour requires going up and down 212 steps in a spiral staircase. We went to the bell room and yes, we did get to ring some of the bells. We also went up to the belfry and also went up behind the clock. One really cool part was looking down through a small hole in the ceiling. There is also an incredible view from the tower roof. The last picture is a Pana rami view of a famous bath building called the crescent.... read more
Inside the abbey.
Brendan up behind the clock in the tower.
Brendan walking across the abbey plaza. the bell tower is in the backgrond.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 24th 2014

Geo: 51.3814, -2.35745Today I started off by ducking down to the train station to get my tickets for tomorrow and Friday. On the way back from the station I spied the local catholic church and decided to pop in for a quick look. It was a church...I really gotta stop visiting them, it's just not working for me anymore. That being said I went to Bath Abbey after seeing the church, it does dominate the town center, I could hardly avoid it. It was another one of those churches which has graves under the floor, so I was walking around on the inscriptions. So many of these are worn completely down. All that money they paid to be remembered for an eternity, and their stones are as worn as if they were out in the open ... read more
Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge
Bath Abbey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 23rd 2014

Geo: 51.3814, -2.35745So this morning I was headed for Bath. But first I had to find my way to Paddington station. Thanks to my trusty train guide (Trish) I knew which trains I had to catch and made it there around 10am. There was a 10 o'clock train but there was no way I was making that (still had to buy tickets) So I found the ticket selling machine and purchased my ticket for Bath. No sooner did the ticket spit out but an announcement came over the PA that there were delays to all stations west of the city. I went to the info counter to find out "something" had jumped onto the tracks at Slough. I was told There may not be a train until after midday. So I went and got myself a ... read more
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On the terrace, Bath Abbey in the background

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 12th 2014

I woke up without an alarm this morning and it was fabulous. Unfortunately, a girl in the room took the outlet near my bed so I wasn’t able to charge my stuff up. It was a rough night of sleep because people kept coming in at every hour of the night. Praying my hostels will get better! I took my time getting ready and grabbed a breakfast bar before I headed out for the day. I walked around the city and got to see most of the cool sights. I saw the Roman baths building, and partially in it. I was too cheap to pay 14 pounds to see a huge pool. I saw the Bath Abbey and walked around some of the cute little shopping streets. For lunch I ate a Cornish pasty, this time ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 10th 2014

Today was my last day with the Kents so we got to relax and spend the day together. We played my new favorite game, Settlers of Catan, so many times that I was actually able to win once. I had a great last day spending time with them. The next morning I woke up with enough time to play one last round of our favorite game before I had to catch a train. We drove to the train station in Reigate and waited about twenty minutes until the train to Reading came. I said my goodbyes and tried not to cry. Once I got on the train, I put my luggage up and sat down. Once I got to Reading, I had to get off the train, validate my rail pass, and then get on the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 7th 2014

Today Laura and Joe and I bid farewell to our wonderful friends Ulf, Andrea, Anne, and Lars, and got on a plane for Bristol, UK. From there, we took a bus and a train into Bath. Our first day in Bath was pretty uneventful. We ate lunch, checked into our hotel, and pretty much collapsed for a couple of hours until we decided to go for a short walk around the town centre. Tomorrow is our first Mad Max tour, where we'll be visiting Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Lacock Village, and Castle Combe--Can't wait!... read more




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