World Trip 1999-2000: Day 111 – Cardiff to Bath to Chester, England

Highlights: Bath Abbey, Roman Baths

Starting early we headed off to Bath to spend the day before a late day trip to Chester to explore tomorrow.  Bath was originally a Rokan outpost from 1 AD to 4th century.  The Romans established the very first bath for which the area is named which took advantage of the natural hot springs.

We started the day with a visit to the famous Sally Lunn’s Kitchen.  Sally Lunn established the shop in the 17th century and you can still get very tasteful brioches, basically a bun with butter and jam on top.

We also visited Bath Abbey established in early 900s.  The Abbey was the site of the crowning of the first King of a United England.  The exact same ceremony is still used today in London.

Most of the present Abbey was built between 1499 and 1616.  At the front of theAbbey, really a cathedral, is Angels climbing up to God. No one is really sure of why they just don’t fly.

We went on a very informative walking tours at highlighted the fine architecture.  I now understand why the ground floor is generally underground in England.  the upper class had the roads raised over the years so they did not have to walk though the servants area.  The majority of Bath has been raised by 7 metres.

Next Howard the Roman Baths which Jon had been to before.  The baths were used by the Romansuntil they left in the 4th century.  The Roman Bath was than left alone and eventually collapsed and was forgotten.  Around1884 the baths were rediscovered and resestablished back in the Roman style.  the water system the Roman’s created was still working 1,800 years later, which is quite amazing.

After arriving in  Chester we had to walk about 2.5 miles to find the hostel.  I looking forward to having access to a car again :).

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 56 countries so far.
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