Bath, Somerset, England

Well, this was a totally learning experience!! I had no idea that such a place existed outside of Greece.  Bath is a place that needs to be experienced, and long that 2hours!! 

The official site of Roman Baths:  Worth checking out.
My Gallery of Bath, Somerset, England

The entrance to the Roman Baths

The city was first established as a spa with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans in AD 43, although verbal tradition suggests that Bath was known before then. They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs.

Bath is at the botton of the Avon Valley, and near the southern edge of the Cotswolds, a range of limestone hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The surrounding hills give Bath its steep streets and make its buildings appear to climb the slopes.

Bath became the leading centre of fashionable life in England during the 18th century.  During the 18th century Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence lived and working in Bath.  John Maggs, a painter best known for his coaching scenes, was born and lived in Bath with his artistic family.  William Friese-Greene began experimenting with celluloid and motion pictures is his studio in Bath in 1870s.  Jane Austen lived in the city from 1801 with her father, mother and sister Cassandra and the family resided in the city at four successive addresses until 1806.

Royal Victora Park, one of several public parks (which costs 1pd to entry) was opened in 1830 by an 11 year old Princess Victory and was the first park to carry her name. 

Pulteney Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Avon, in Bath and it was completed in 1773.  The bridge was designated by Robert Adam, whose working drawings are preserved in the Sir Soane's Museum and is one of the only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides.  Shops on the bridge include a flower shop, antique map shop and juice bar.