July 8th, 2013
Bristol and Bath

This weekend we went to see friends in Bristol, England. I’ve never been anywhere in England but London. It was interesting to see a little bit of the ‘west country’ as it’s called here. When we arrived in Bristol, we were greeted by the sight of this:

Lincoln Grommit

I call him Lincoln Gromit, though I doubt that was the intention. I believe he represented a famous English industrialist.

Apparently, decorated Gromit statues have been created for a charity event (The Grand Appeal). They were set up all over Bristol because that’s where the animation company is based. Each one was different and wildly cute. I loved them all, but these two were my favorites.

Space Grommit

Space Gromit.

On Saturday, we went to Bath, which is a city I’ve wanted to visit for YEARS. I’d seen all kinds of pictures of Bath and watched several travel shows, but they really didn’t capture the beauty of the city. It is enchanting…and incredibly busy. The weather was fabulous so I’m pretty sure the entire country of England decided to visit Bath on the day we went. (Picture Disneyworld on a holiday weekend, then add a few thousand more people. Blink.) Because of the crowds, I didn’t get to visit the Jane Austen area, but I did get to see the Roman baths and a good amount of the city. It was great.

This is the entrance to the royal baths.

Kings and Queens Baths

This is the biggest and the main bath in the complex. As hot as it was, it was incredibly tempting to jump in, but the threat of toxic levels of lead in the water kept me dry. *g

Main Bathing Pool Less People

This is the pool that’s still bubbling with hot water. (If you look close, you can see the bubbles.)

Secondary Heated Pool Bath

I called this pool, the secret pool, since it seemed to be more private and sparkled with all the coins that people had tossed into it.

Bathing Pool Interior Bath

This altar was kind of gruesome given a human could easily fit on top of it. The sign said it was used in animal sacrifices. Yep, not much better. 🙁

Sacrificial Altar

I have no idea what this was, but it was creepy, so you know I had to take a picture of it. *ggg 🙂

Roman Water Tunnel Bath

Our visit to Bath ended at the river. As you can see, it was lovely. We strolled along the bank and watched kayakers try to traverse the falls. Pretty sure they all made it. 😉
Waterfall Bath

I’m having a wonderful time here in England. More fun than I thought I would have. My crush on London has grown to epic proportions. Not sure how I’m going to part with the place next week.

4 comments to “Bristol and Bath”

  1. gorgeous! Bath looks amazing. Although I can’t help picturing rats and the outbreak of plague. I blame Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book for bringing that so vividly to life.

  2. Charli, It really was beautiful. Busy, but pretty.

    LOL on the rats! Fortunately, I didn’t read that book. Maybe at some point now that I’ve seen it. I’ve definitely gotten a few story ideas from a couple of the locations I’ve visited. Can’t wait to explore them more. 🙂

  3. You couldn’t help get ideas from everything you’re seeing! Yay exploring.

    One thing I loved about the Doomsday Book is the point that to the people who lived then, it seemed like the end of the world. But it wasn’t. And that’s nice to remember with all the apocalypse theories flying around today. Today’s apocalypse is tomorrow’s history as the whole game continues.

  4. Charli, Yep, it’s been really inspirational. Truly.

    That is a great point. 🙂 It’s hard to remember that when you’re writing those types of books, but absolutely necessary. The same could be said about WWII and so on.

    I love that saying. Simple, but perfectly put. 🙂 I’ve been playing with it. “Today’s apocalypse is tomorrow’s historical footnote.” *ggg