Monday, November 2, 2009

Anniversary in Bath

So, we have been having so much fun lately, and I'll have to admit I have been a little lazy too, that I haven't put up a new post in a while. I apologize to all of our fans out there that have been waiting, so I think I will try to fit two in one day. First I have to start with our trip to Bath, and because it was such an awesome trip I will give it it's own post. If you follow Becky and Spencer on facebook, you probably have already seen most of these photos, but enjoy anyway! The cool thing about Bath is that it was built by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago! The Romans built baths everywhere throughout their empire, and since they ruled Britain for hundreds of years they built one here. The difference is that this one is built over a natural hot spring and it is the largest Roman bath ever found in the entire world outside of Rome itself.

The main bath was actually more like a pool and would have been covered during the roman days by a giant canopy made of hollow tiles 50 feet higher than where we were standing. The water is green because of algae, but when the baths were covered they would not have been in the sun and the water would have been perfectly clear.

The Bath Abbey Church, the tall building in the back, now stands were the ancient temple would have stood next to the baths. Inside the Abby is a very large, beautiful stained glass window that is about 60 feet tall and depicts 50 scenes from the life of Jesus.

Bath is also famous for its Victorian architecture. This part of town is called the Royal Circus and is a full circle of these giant homes that were built together. Apparently Nicolas Cage owned one of these homes, but recently sold it and bought a small castle on the outskirts of the city.

Just down the street from the Royal Circus is the Royal Crescent!

It was so big we needed a panoramic camera!

The city has some amazing history! Next to the ancient Roman Baths they have built some modern bath spas that we took full advantage of the last day that we were there, but there are no pictures of this because we were in our bathing suits! Sorry! :)

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