Today we decided to see Bath from the top of a Hop On/Hop Off bus. Took lots of pictures, which I will need to go through and add once we're back in London. This city has both a Roman History, when it was known as Aquae Sulis, and an 18th/early 19th century history with Beau Nash and Jane Austin.
|The Roman Baths|
According to Wikipedia, the water which bubbles up from the ground, as geothermal springs, previously fell as rain on the Mendip Hills. It percolates down through limestone aquifers to a depth of between c. 9,000-9,000 to 14,000 ft (2,743 to 4,267 m) where geothermal energy raises the water temperature to between 64 and 96 °C (c. 147–205 °F). Under pressure, the heated water rises to the surface along fissures and faults in the limestone. There is no universal definition to distinguish a hot spring from another geothermal spring, though by several definitions, the Bath springs can be considered the only hot springs in the UK. Three of these springs feed the thermal baths.
|Royal Crescent - example of Georgian architecture|
When Princess Victoria visited Bath, she was enchanted by the town and the people, writing in her journal, "The people are really too kind to me." Unfortunately, a reporter who chronicled her visit wrote that the princess's clothing was a bit dowdy. When Victoria heard this she reportedly announced that she had no wish to ever see Bath or any of its people again. Her ire carried to the point that after she became Queen and traveled through the town by train, she requested the drapes be drawn since she had no wish to see the town, nor have any of its people gaze upon her.
|Bath Theatre Royal|
After the show we stopped by The Saracen's Head, also reported to be a very old pub in Bath. It has recently been refitted and modernized, so Saturday night socializing was a little rowdy, but all in fun.
Then we returned to the flat. We are supposed to be out by 10 AM tomorrow, so I'll check in after we get back to London. Night.