November 27, 2013

IT'S BATH TIME!



Dear readers, this week, B is for: It’s *B*ath time!

The city of Bath was first established as a spa named Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43), although oral 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. Edgar was crowned king of England at Bath Abbey in 973. Much later, it became popular as a spa town during the Geogian era (made famous in her novels by Jane Austen),which led to a major expansion that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from  golden Bath stone.
Bath has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year.
 
Bath, situated 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, has some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. 

Here are some examples:

Pulteney Bridge (18th century - by Robert Adam)




Bath Spa 



Bath Abbey




The Royal Crescent


Georgian taste favoured the regularity of Bath's streets and squares and the contrast with adjacent rural nature


And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who visited or commented.
Enjoy!

XOXO NORA & LOLA:)

PS Have been very busy of late with travel and work commitments so apologies if  haven't always had time to leave comments!

27 comments:

fredamans said...

Such beautiful architecture. My mom was there last fall.

Tracy Cook said...

How awful Bath is not that far but I have never been. I must rectify this.
Your pictures are amazing thank you

doMesstique-cated Mummy said...

Love the architecture,too. Beautiful pictures.
I must add this to my "visit list".

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely shots! Bath is officially going on my bucket list...

edenhills said...

Beautiful. You certainly make me want to leave the farm and travel.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

The photos of Bath look wonderful and yes, such beautiful old architecture.
I have only passed through by train and that was pretty amazing looking from the window.
Happy day
hugs
Carolyn

Sue McPeak said...

I feel I have just been to Bath through your wonderful photos and commentary. It is as close as I'll probably get, so thanks so much for this wonderful 'B' post.
Happy Alphabe-Thanksgiving-Thursday
Sue CollectInTexas Gal

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful pictures! This looks like a lovely place to visit!

Jeanne Pursell said...

Just beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!
Xo Chloe and LadyBug

Sue said...

We've been there, and we loved it! Happy Thanksgiving!

=)

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wonderful post for B and fantastic photos for Bath! ~ thanks for visiting ~ carol, xxx

onesugarplease said...

Bath is so beautiful, haven't been for ages but think I need to book in a trip soon!

Betty Luckhurst said...

I always wondered about the name of this place! Thanks for the information. Your photos are just amazing. We have thermal spas here in New Zealand but none as ornate.

HansHB said...

A great post for the theme!
Well done!

retriever said...

Wonderfull fotos and architectuur builts, best regard from Belgium

Jim said...

Beautiful shots.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

beautiful place...

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a beautiful city!

Splendid Little Stars said...

What wonderful photos! They make me long to visit! perhaps someday...
Thanks for sharing!

maryaustria said...

That is really a beautiful place! Wonderful architecture! Great photos!

Jeanne said...

The reflections on the water are beautiful!

Irene said...

Stunning shots .... what a beautiful place and great architechture!

Irene

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful buildings, structures and photos!! It is truly amazing how they had created those from way back when!

Blessings & Aloha!
(Trying to catch up on the B posts...before I get to the C posts!)

Arija said...

A wonderfully comprehensive look at Bath, a place I have read so much about yet only had one brief time to visit. So nice that you give us a chance to see it from afar.

Jenny said...

Bath is beautiful!

I'm glad you let me visit there with you!

I'll be back soon!

Thanks for linking.

A+

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Annesphamily said...

Water is stunning and the reflections are beautiful!