Bath may have been established in the first century, but its architecture remains in the Georgian style of when Jane Austen was its resident.  Still, the biggest tourist draw still remains the Roman Baths, which were built on hot springs, although the Romans believed it was due to the goddess Minerva and named the city Sulis Minerva to honor her.  The bath as a museum still has bubbling pools and steam rooms, with explanations of the temple’s remains by an interesting audio guide.  Apparently the pagan Romans conducted business in el delicato in the pools surrounded by former Roman emperors, while the Britons of the 18th century flocked there for health ailments.

Jane Austen wrote about Bath in her last novel Persuasion and now her former home is a museum for the author.  The museum includes a short talk on Austen’s family life and the sad circumstances that brought her to a city she did not care for.  The museum also includes costumes and artifacts for daily life in 19th century bath, including film clips and a demonstration of the art of the fan.

Bath Abbey is one of the oldest churches in England and an incredibly elegant one surviving wars and destruction.

One thing we learned from our trip to Bath is how similar the trains in England are to airplanes.  They both feature a drink service where you can purchase refreshments, have plush seats, in-seat magazines, and can cause travel problems when they are delayed.  However, there often are trains quick to go to your next destination listed on the electronic departure board, but beware that your ticket is not for a specific time or else you could be charged more for a new ticket.

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