The trip to Bath yesterday was like walking through another museum. The village/town is a walk into history. Quite frankly, I find it almost impossible to describe in words the experience. Looking back over my journal of the last two weeks, I use superlative after superlative to describe this experience. I have to ask myself at what point does that become redundant?
Bath is essentially a city of the Georgian period and you will see from the architecture that is obvious. However the ancient Romans in the 1st century CE discovered the mineral rich water warmed naturally was a source of healing which the Georgians continued in “taking the waters”. They still exist but are no longer used. The Royal Crescent was designed by John Wood and built in the second half of the 18th century. There are 30 individual houses within the structure with No. 1 a restored museum (sorry, no pictures) of a Georgian town home. It was a delightful tour. Bath Abbey was built during Saxon times around 1499. It is in the lower section of town. The main reason for my trip was to visit the Fashion Museum of Bath. The museum is an internationally recognized destination for the research and exhibition of fashion dating from the 17th century thru the present day. We also passed through The Circus on our way to the Royal Crescent which is a roundabout with Georgian town homes in a smaller version of the Crescent.
We enjoyed lunch at an excellent Italian restaurant – Carluccios.