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Roman history & architectural mastery in Bath, England

In 1687 Queen Mary, fighting infertility, bathed here and within 10 months a son was born; Bath was revitalized as a spa town with most of the buildings seen now from the 18th century

In 1687 Queen Mary, fighting infertility, bathed here and within 10 months a son was born; Bath was revitalized as a spa town with most of the buildings seen now from the 18th century

The Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon was completed in 1773; it is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides

The Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon was completed in 1773; it is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides

Bath Abbey was built in the late 1400s and is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city; like Westminster Abbey, the floor and walls are lined with memorials and tombstones

Bath Abbey was built in the late 1400s and is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city; like Westminster Abbey, the floor and walls are lined with memorials and tombstones

Bath has a team of volunteer ambassadors that lead tourists on free city tours several times a day; the city of 90,000 has come to depend on tourism with 2  million visitors each year

Bath has a team of volunteer ambassadors that lead tourists on free city tours several times a day; the city of 90,000 has come to depend on tourism with 2+ million visitors each year

The Royal Crescent is the most notable and well known of Bath's famous crescents; built in 1774, the Royal Crescent stands out because of its scale and the ambition of its imposing, Roman-influenced design

The Royal Crescent is the most notable and well known of Bath's famous crescents; built in 1774, the Royal Crescent stands out because of its scale and the ambition of its imposing, Roman-influenced design

Rick Steve's calls Bath the best city to visit as a day trip from London; it has more protected historic buildings per capita than any other town in England

Rick Steve's calls Bath the best city to visit as a day trip from London; it has more protected historic buildings per capita than any other town in England

Water at a temperature of 114.8 �F rises at the rate of 1,170,000 liters every day from a geological fault to supply the Roman Baths; 12,000  Roman coins were recovered here which is the largest collective votive deposit known from Britain

Water at a temperature of 114.8 °F rises at the rate of 1,170,000 liters every day from a geological fault to supply the Roman Baths; 12,000+ Roman coins were recovered here which is the largest collective votive deposit known from Britain

This mosaic is from a 4th century home in Aquae Sulis (the Roman name for Bath); the Roman Baths were much larger than they appeared on the outside with much of the facility below street level

This mosaic is from a 4th century home in Aquae Sulis (the Roman name for Bath); the Roman Baths were much larger than they appeared on the outside with much of the facility below street level

Lee and I took a tour to the top of the spire of Bath Abbey; the views of the Cornish countryside from the top were spectacular

Lee and I took a tour to the top of the spire of Bath Abbey; the views of the Cornish countryside from the top were spectacular

These are parts of the pediment of the Bath Roman Temple, measuring 26 feet wide and 8 feet from the apex to the bottom, above the pillars on the front of the building

These are parts of the pediment of the Bath Roman Temple, measuring 26 feet wide and 8 feet from the apex to the bottom, above the pillars on the front of the building

An excellent audioguide with comments by Bill Bryson makes for an informative visit to the Roman Baths; you can no longer bathe here, but there is one facility in town where you can still partake of the heated, mineral waters

An excellent audioguide with comments by Bill Bryson makes for an informative visit to the Roman Baths; you can no longer bathe here, but there is one facility in town where you can still partake of the heated, mineral waters

Bath's influence peaked in 973 with King Edgar's sumptuous coronation in the abbey; Bath then declined until the mid-1600s, wasting away to just a huddle of huts around the abbey

Bath's influence peaked in 973 with King Edgar's sumptuous coronation in the abbey; Bath then declined until the mid-1600s, wasting away to just a huddle of huts around the abbey

Bath has straightforward street names but, like the rest of the UK, Brits love their pubs and get quite loud when they drink; lodging is extremely expensive and in short supply in Bath

Bath has straightforward street names but, like the rest of the UK, Brits love their pubs and get quite loud when they drink; lodging is extremely expensive and in short supply in Bath

There are lots of pubs with fish and chips as well as plenty of Indian and Thai restaurants in the UK; I had not seen these delicacies before and didn't make myself sick by trying one

There are lots of pubs with fish and chips as well as plenty of Indian and Thai restaurants in the UK; I had not seen these delicacies before and didn't make myself sick by trying one

Bath is a triumph of the Neoclassical style of the Georgian era - named for the 4 Georges who sat as England's kings from 1714 until 1830

Bath is a triumph of the Neoclassical style of the Georgian era - named for the 4 Georges who sat as England's kings from 1714 until 1830

Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by the 11-year-old Princess Victoria seven years before her ascension to the throne and was the first park to carry her name; this blue heron was kept company by lots of ducks, gulls and pigeons

Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by the 11-year-old Princess Victoria seven years before her ascension to the throne and was the first park to carry her name; this blue heron was kept company by lots of ducks, gulls and pigeons

The Royal Crescent gained its regal name when Prince Frederick made it his home in the 18th century; on a hill overlooking the city, the Royal Crescent is among the reasons Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Royal Crescent gained its regal name when Prince Frederick made it his home in the 18th century; on a hill overlooking the city, the Royal Crescent is among the reasons Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tree carving in the 1887 botanical garden; the small, neglected garden was part of the much-larger Royal Victoria Park which had huge green spaces featuring a very popular 18 hole mini-golf course and Saturday night outdoor movie series

Tree carving in the 1887 botanical garden; the small, neglected garden was part of the much-larger Royal Victoria Park which had huge green spaces featuring a very popular 18 hole mini-golf course and Saturday night outdoor movie series

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