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    A Day Trip To Bath

    My wife has always wanted to visit Bath so whilst we were in Cardiff in April we took the car over the big bridge and had a day in Bath.

    Just about an hour from Cardiff and we parked near to the famous Bath Crescent. Not that impressive, but I'm sure in it's day.....





    From there we walked down into town towards the main places of interest, the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. There was an exhibition of nature photographs throughout the town, one of which had been taken by a mate of mine from Phuket....

    From memory this coat of arms was on the top of the Mineral water Hospital



    Bath Abbey.........


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    Great stuff, bobcock. Bath was on our list of places to go last time I was in UK but we didn't make it. We'll definitely aim for there this time. I'll be in London for the whole month of October, and looking for great places to go this time.

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    More Bath Abbey..... didn't go inside, gotta keep the kids amused.





    Next stop was the Roman Baths, I can't remember exactlky how much it was but it was f***** expensive considering all such attractions in Wales are free. Nearly decided not to go it, but the kids were genuinely interested and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Lots of statues in the place..... dunno who this is but he has a cobweb on his nose..... could be Biggus Dickus....



    Julius Ceasar........


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    I can't green you, I've given out my 24 hour max. :-(

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    This is probably Naughius Maximus.....








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    Don't forget my home town Salisbury, Nat. Lovely place as is Bath which i have fond memories of. Used to watch Bath RFC a great deal in the 80's.

    Nice pics Bobcock, any of the rugby club?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    I can't green you, I've given out my 24 hour max. :-(

    I've done it for you Nat.

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    No, but we did pass the training ground on the eway into town and Duncan Bell was pulling out of the Car Park and was behing me in traffic for some time.

    Might be in the background when I was at the wier, I'll be processing those this evening probably

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    Don't forget my home town Salisbury, Nat.
    My list keeps getting bigger and bigger. Is your home town the one made famous by Peter Gabriel? I'm too lazy to Google it. ;-)

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    Easy to confuse the two. Solsbury Hill is located not far from Bath and is an iron age hill fort.

    The medieval city of Salisbury, Wiltshire, is known for it's Cathedral and spire (404 ft) and nearby Stonehenge. It has city status because of it's cathedral although better described as a market town. Market days - Tuesday and Saturday

    The grounds and the external aspect of the cathedral are a delight although imo the interior is a wee bit disappointing (drab) in comparison.

    There is a tourism office situated behind the market Guildhall to assist visitors on deciding whats on offer.

    Salisbury is located around 20 miles north west of Southampton and an hours drive south east of Bath.

    Ok back to Bobcock and the roman city of Bath

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    Some of the remains are very well preserved given their age and highlight the remarkable achievements of the Romans. People Oooh and Ahhhh at Angkor Wat, but the Romans had far more sophisticated buildings and systems some thousand years before.

    Some remains of the temple of Sulis Minerva, one of only two classical Roman temples discovered in Britain. The pediment carries the image of a fearsome head carved in Bath stone and it is thought to be the Gorgon’s head, which was a powerful symbol of the goddess Sulis Minerva. This stone was discovered in 1790.




    This skull is featured along with a model of the man. DNA testing etc showed that he was neither a Britain or a Roman, can't remember where they said he was from though, Albania or somewhere similar.



    The head of Sulis Minerva. The gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva is one of the best known objects from Roman Britain. Its discovery in 1727 was an early indication that the Roman site at Bath was not a typical settlement. Gilt bronze sculptures are rare finds from Roman Britain as only two other fragments are known.


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    I checked up the admission price, it was 34 GBP for a family ticket, approx 1700 THB. We certainly enjoyed it a lot more than I thought we would.

    This is the Spring Overflow.

    The Roman plumbing and drainage system is still largely in place and shows the ingenuity of the Roman engineers.

    Lead pipes were used to carry hot spa water around the site using gravity flow.

    The Spring overflow is where surplus water from the Spring, not used in the baths, flows out to a Roman drain.

    The Roman great drain carries all the spa water from the site to the River Avon four hundred metres away.



    This magnificent centrepiece of the Roman baths is a pool, lined with 45 sheets of lead, and filled with hot spa water.

    It once stood in an enormous barrel-vaulted hall that rose to a height of 40 metres. For many Roman visitors this may have been the largest building they had ever entered in their life.

    The bath is 1.6 metres deep which is ideal for bathing and has steps leading down on all sides. Niches around the baths would have held benches for bathers and possibly small tables for drinks or snacks.


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    You've got some great cloud formations contrasting with the green water in a couple of pics there.

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    Everything looks so old and in need of repair..............

    Just joking Bob, nice thread and pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Everything looks so old and in need of repair..............
    That's an English thing LT, once I was back over the border all was pristine again....

    Bath Abbey with some of the Nature photographs that were on display throughout the city centre that I mentioned before.



    Busker and crowd in front of the Abbey



    The Pulteney Wier with the 18th Century Pulteney Bridge in the background.



    I've got a thing for trying to take pictures of birds in flight. Lots of seagulls on the wier so I put the long lens on and had a go. This was the best seagull in flight shot....


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    Brilliant!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    I'll be in London for the whole month of October, and looking for great places to go this time.
    Well if your coming up our way on the east coast Natt don,t forget to take your hat off it,s a bit windy up here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post

    This is probably Naughius Maximus.....


    Nice thread Bobcock.

    Shame this Roman didn't have a couple of t's in his name :

    Naughtiest Maximus would have had a nice ring to it.

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    Only needed one.... Naughtius Maximus..... shortened it becomes Nawty.... and I'm sure you all remember him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Only needed one.... Naughtius Maximus..... shortened it becomes Nawty.... and I'm sure you all remember him!

    Unforgettable.

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    Great photos, Bob. Can hardly wait to visit the UK one of these days.

    Anyone recommend an itinerary for a three week tour of the Britsh Isle? Would Bath be a good stop over for a day?

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    20 days in South Wales one day in Bath.....

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    The obsession with seagulls continues and turns into a squirrel fetish at the end....

    That wasn't the best seagull shot, there was more.....



    This was a very long shot, just a small part of a bigger picture.....thank God for HR and cropping.....



    Back to the water.....an unashamed HDR shot of the Pulteney Wier.....had to be done else the shadows would kill the shot. Can you spot myself, my wife and two children in the shot? (sorta)



    The Pulteney Bridge.....


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    On the way back to the car we went through a park which had some squirrels enjoying themselves in the summer sunshine, gathering things to eat.

    Here are some pictures, and it opens up another great TD competition. Of the following 5 pictures one of them is not a grey squirrel. Answers on a postcard to Dirty Dog...

    And that concludes the Bath trip.....back to Wales next....










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    I know!!!!! I know!!!!! Great pics as always, Bobcock. i'm looking forward to your next round.

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