Bath: Imbrace the Steam

5 years ago

I always wanted to study abroad, so after months of haggling with relatives and educational institutions, I flew out of America for the first time in my life, alone, to England. I attended Swansea University in Wales, and one of the trips the American students took was to Bath. Being a bit of a European history and literature buff, I was extremely excited. As you might know, Bath has a rich history. It is named after the baths that were built by the Romans. But that`s just the most popular destination in the beautiful city.

It also used to be the home of author Jane Austen, and where they have an exhibit and walking tours of where she lived and settings for some of her novels. I wasn`t able to see this, but will definitely check it out next time I visit.

One of the most beautiful abbeys I saw during my time in the UK, Bath Abbey, is situated right next to the Roman baths. When you walk through the baths, you are given a small device and headphones to learn all about its history. It sounds boring, but is very interesting. It leads you around the baths and through the museum, where there are artifacts and more, dried out baths. At the end you can see, feel, and small the natural, steamy hot springs. As you`re leaving, you even have the option of tasting it. I did...and wouldn`t recommend it. It`s warm and tastes nasty. But hey, at least you can say you did!

Another place to visit if you`re ever in Bath (and you should be), are the gardens. It is one pound for non-residents to get in, which I didn`t like, but it is worth it if you have a bit of time.

And finally, if history isn`t your thing, there are tons are great shopping places all over the city. Relax, browse, and much a Cornish pasty!

Has anyone else been here? Where was your favorite place to visit?

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