day nine - Roman Baths and a "witching hour" Tor climb
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Clouds hung in the sky, blocking the sunlight as I woke. A damp chill crept under my skin but after a nice hot shower, I bundled up in warm layers and had a cup of herbal tea and was perfectly content. Cath and Dan are very fond of herbal teas and have quite the collection.
She had already left for work by the time I woke up but ended up returning not too long after breakfast, her shift cut short. She had a day of studying ahead and Dan took the day off so he offered to take me to Bath to see the Roman Baths. "Oh you HAVE to go!" Cath gushed. She would have loved to join us but she really had to get some other work done so Dan and I went off.
The drive through the countryside was amazing.
We talked about a lot of things during the drive. I was definitely in good company. Dan had never visited the Roman Baths and had last visited Bath over ten years ago. He was looking forward to the visit as well.
About an hour after leaving Glastonbury, we arrived and the rain had stopped.
The entrance was quite lavish with its domed ceiling and intricately carved decor. An audio guide took us from the top-level of the impressive bath house, down through a collection of artifacts, architectural segments, mosaic tiles and temple of Sulis ruins. The terrace view was great, with the Abbey towering over the Great Bath and the statues standing sentinel along the walkway.
We spent about 45 minutes to an hour walking through the exhibit and stopped off at the gift shop to buy a few goodies for friends who would appreciate a little something of Minerva Sulis and her healing waters. We refrained from tasting the water in the Pump Room, opting for hot sandwiches and juice from a café on the street.
We sat on a bench for awhile, eating lunch and taking in our surroundings. The streets were filled with people. There were many fine examples of Georgian architecture to admire and we even found the new Bath spa Thermae that offers visitors the opportunity to bathe in naturally heated spring waters. Next time!
We headed back to Glastonbury soon after, just in time to join Cath for dinner. We talked, caught up, relaxed during the evening and watched a few episodes of Blackadder before midnight crawled around and we decided to climb the Tor. Witching Hour. :)
Walking up High Street into the residential area was amazing. Street lamps were few and the atmosphere was incredible. I had never walked up the Tor along this route before so it was definitely a first.
The mists cleared a path as we descended, maybe 45 minutes to an hour later and by the time we headed back, it was 2 am. We all felt quite exhilirated and enjoyed a glass of ginger soda water while we unwinded before calling it a night.