Travelling to Bathtub, one of many oldest cities in England
7:30 a.m. and sipping a steaming mug of hot chocolate in my thermos outside London Victoria Train station. After boarding the National Express Coach I sit down in the comfortable seats and we zigzag through the guarded streets on the 3-hour journey bath. The city begins to melt through the large windows and after an hour we are hurtling through the rolling hills of Gloucestershire on the M4. Lively greens and a striking sky, cattle and sheep scattered around in a landscape that has been around since the inspiring landscape painters of the 19th century. Thomas Barker (Barker of Bath). Looking up, we are accompanied by the majestic silhouettes of the birds of prey – numerous red kites and kestrels soar and soar with the rising sun.
bath is one of the oldest cities in England. Originally a Celtic settlement in the valley of the River Avon, and home to the only hot spring in Great Britain, was given the Latin name Salt water (the water of Salis). Salis, a Celtic goddess, was used by the Romans after the construction of the military road that still existed Were awayaround AD 60, connects the ancient Roman cities of Bath, Cirencester, Leicester and Lincoln and connects the southwest with the northeast. Check out the Roman temple of Salis Minerva, I learn that it was built to integrate the native and Roman gods in order to assimilate the hostile Celts. Today the museum is in bath contains an abundance of Roman artifacts, presumably offerings that were thrown into the water. After the Romans withdrew in AD 400, the springs fell into disrepair, but the Georgians and Victorians later created the impressive architecture that is unique to Bath and known worldwide. And while I could no longer bathe in the old baths, boreholes were drilled from the springs in the newly built baths Thermal bathing springsto give you a taste and feel for the water enriched with sodium, sulfur, chloride and calcium ions.
Bath’s Georgian architecture is a popular setting for period television dramas and films, including the hugely successful ones Bridgerton (2020) with the breathtaking Royal crescent in the opening titles of the same TV show. the Royal crescent is the enormous curving curve of Georgian masonry in front of a wonderful expanse of grass, with a quiet, cozy atmosphere and a popular place for picnics and sunset. And later I take a walk to the nearby exquisite Circus restaurant with an impressive selection of fish from the nearby port city Bristol (also an important place to visit 18 km away).
Bath is the capital and the jewel of the county Somerset, historically crucial to the creation of the British Isles, home of Sulis Minerva the Roman goddess of the arts, crafts and later war. A city with lively historical architecture and a very English flair, and an old gateway from west to north. It’s not uncommon for streets to be closed with film crews, and after a visit you’ll be amazed how often you see the city as the backdrop for historical drama: the modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch as well as TV detective drama McDonald and Dodds, all testimony to how remarkably preserved and lively the city remains. So check out the Omio travel website to book your trip back in time and get a taste of Bath’s riches.