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2 Days in Bath

After London, I took a train to another city in England, Bath. I ended up being on the train with 3 girls from my hostel that I'd met the day before so we met up for an early breakfast and headed to the train station together. It was really nice traveling with other people because we ended up having delays on our train and having to transfer in Salsbury to another train. When we arrived in Bath I met up with my friend Morgan, who I'd met in Sri Lanka. We grabbed some street food and then went to put my bags in her apartment. Then we headed back to the city center and she showed me around. Bath is beautiful! It was so much greener than London which I loved and there is a river that snakes around most of the city. We went inside the Abbey and learned about the history of the building. We had tea and Victoria Sponge cake in a really nice cafe. The cafe was built on a bridge with lots of little shops over the river. We also went into a bookshop and an antique map store. Bath is very much a college (or uni) town so there were tons of students everywhere. Here are some pictures of the city center.

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The next day we went to the Roman Baths and the Dyrham House. The Romans had conquered the city and found a natural hot spring so they built a temple and a bathhouse to honor the goddess Sulis Minerva. The ruins are really well kept and the main bath is still full from the hot spring. They built a museum around it and we walked through with an audio guide which was really helpful.

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After the Roman Baths, we drove out to the Dyrham House which was a giant estate built in the 1600s. Even though it was rainy, we walked around the gardens and they were so beautiful! The house even had their own church which we went into. We toured around the house and sampled a 17th-century coffee with mustard and cardamom. I can't say I was a fan but for 17th-century coffee, it was pretty good. I got to try playing the harpsichord which was actually more difficult than I had anticipated. It was different than a piano in that the strings are plucked, like a guitar, not hammered. My favorite room in the house was the ballroom which was filled with paintings of the family members who lived there and had a slightly bouncy floor. Below are pictures of the house, garden, and church.

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Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 12:48 Archived in England

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