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Last Monday I found myself in the unique position of being

a) 20 minutes from Bath by train

b) having six hours to kill until I had to catch my train towards Gatwick airport.

What can I say?

Six hours are not enough!!

There shall be

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Bath Cathedral

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I wonder whether that poor guy was bullied as a kid for being called Marmaduke Peacocke or whether that was just a run of the mill name back then...

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Great Pool of the Roman Baths as seen from current-day street level. 2000 years ago, the street was about 4 meters lower.

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Originally, a 20 meter domed roof covered the pool, as seen in the next picture.

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Temple district dedicated to Minerva.

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Head of Gorgon/possibly Neptune, as often Minerva temples were jointly dedicated to Neptune as well.

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The Goddess Luna. She does look a bit dreamy, doesn't she?

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Head of Minerva.

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Overflow for the pools. Somehow this seemed to be the most mysterious and magical place of the whole structure.

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I had a nice chat with this wealthy Roman lady. She was quite horrified when I told her that I live in Caledonia, north of the Hadrians Wall and thus outside of the protection of the Empire as well as outside of reach regarding any kind of professional Roman hair care. She urged me to take a carving (aka photo) of her so I could instruct my personal slave in the latest Roman fashion.

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Hot spring. More than a million litres of hot water bubbles up. Daily.

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I found no indication of this being true in any of the shops!!

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*snerk* I tried to capture some of the typical architecture but left out all the Jane Austen stuff. Frankly, I never really got into her and didn't have time to linger. Maybe next time...

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Date: 2013-11-09 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stgulik.livejournal.com
Fascinating work, that Roman bath! Thanks so much for sharing all these cool pics.

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
The size and complexity of the entire complex must have been truly magnificent, even more so 2000 years ago!

I would have loved to explore further...

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Date: 2013-11-09 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reetinkerbell.livejournal.com
Seeing your wonderful photos makes me want to go back, and makes me think of being there with my best friend and that whole long trip and... oh, it has been too long since I went some place new. Fantastic photos (what camera do you have?). Thank you for sharing them.

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I had originally planned to go into London for a few hours but when I realised there was a direct, affordable, quick trip to Bath to be had, it really wasa no brainer :)

My camera?

*checks*

It's a Sony Cybershot DSC-W110

It was a birthday present from my parents just before we left for England in 2008.

I would love to claim to be very knowledgeable about photography but I really just point and shoot :)

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Date: 2013-11-11 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reetinkerbell.livejournal.com
I would pick the same as you; it feels as though London would be easier to get to, at any time (even from back in Edinburgh) but Bath would be much more of a destination on purpose in a different kind of way. Plus, it seems like a nice and rather quiet day, which is optimal for viewing a new city and taking photos.

Do you like it? It obviously takes good photos, but do you like the way it handles? I'm in the market for a new camera, so I'm asking. Though it probably is no longer made, but maybe the newer models are similar. I would have to look into that though, but I've only heard good things about Cybershot so I figured I'd ask. If you don't mind. :)

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Date: 2013-11-12 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
I really like it - very easy to understand. I think my father selected it because it was one of the few cameras that still had a view finder in case sunlight made the use of the screen impossible.

I can't say that I use that one a lot but I have used it a few times.

Good zoom, too :)

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Date: 2013-11-17 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reetinkerbell.livejournal.com
I have no idea what a view finder is. I just point and shoot as well, and hope that the photos turn out ok. They generally do - although that's one fantastic thing about having a digital camera; you can easily take several photos and, if the object you are taking a photo of is standing still, even pause to check if the photo is good or if you need to take another.

A good zoom is appreciated though!

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Date: 2013-11-17 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
LOL, I had to google camera parts and find a graphic with named parts for that.

It's that little hole to look through for seeing what you will take a picture of. In the olden days of analog photography and no little screens on the back of cameras, every camera had one.

My Sony has a screen and a view finder-thingy to look through in those very sunny situations when the screen is useless.

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Date: 2013-11-23 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reetinkerbell.livejournal.com
Hah!

I get it now; I have a "fancy camera" (that I broke on my long-long trip, before we got to know each other -- luckily on the last day!) which has a view finder that I use all the time, much more than the screen - as the screen is mainly for checking the settings and the photos after the fact (and when you use the video camera). It also drains a lot of battery, using the screen, and it makes me feel more like a photographer when I use the view finder instead of the screen. (It's one of these; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_550D)

And now I'm distracted by looking up new Canons, as I miss my camera and I don't know if it would be worth it trying to get it fixed or if it would be better to buy a new one...

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Date: 2013-11-09 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vix-spes.livejournal.com
Gorgeous photos! It has been far too long since I went to Bath (I think I was about 10 years old!) so I really should go back at some point.

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I really liked Bath, I'll definitely go back if I get the chance!

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Date: 2013-11-09 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunney.livejournal.com
Absolutely fantastic! Great pictures!

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

It was great seeing it!

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Date: 2013-11-10 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemonade8.livejournal.com
The bath was really cool, love the picspam!!! Was that the one that they lined with lead? Can anyone get in it safely anymore? How cool would that be.

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Yes, it was lined in lead. Unfortunately (or amazingly), the water is still straight from the thermal springs, untreated, just like in Roman times. So there are warning signs asking not even to touch the water.

In summer they do have long opening hours during which the sconces are lit - I've seen some pictures and it must be a truly magical atmosphere during dusk.

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Date: 2013-11-10 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayoko.livejournal.com
SO COOL.

Thank you for sharing!

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I'll put some more PotterPics up sometime today!

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Date: 2013-11-10 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonelperry42n.livejournal.com
how wonderfully spontaneous!

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Yes, it was lovely!

I had planned going into London for the day and maybe seeing the Sherlock Holmes Museum but this unscheduled visit to Bath was a much better use of the few hours I had!

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Date: 2013-11-11 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonelperry42n.livejournal.com
cool. . .I miss the days when I could do that easily :/

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Date: 2013-11-10 05:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] delphipsmith
What a great way to spend your free time! I have been to Bath but it was decades ago; I still remember the odd feeling that came over me seeing the remnants of the old city walls here and there, all overgrown, ghosts of boundaries and battles past. The baths themselves are beautiful, so ancient and semi-hidden. Weird to think that street level has changed so much, and strange and eerie that we today can walk the same roads as people two thousand years gone...

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Date: 2013-11-10 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
I love Roman history but this was the first time to visit a British site.

I dragged my parents through the palace ruins in Rome in a scorching heat, insisting to see the Colosseum at the very least on our way back from our summer holiday.

At the age of three (!) I insisted walking part of the Limes in southern Germany, hoping to find a Roman or two. Sadly, I was disappointed.

Next stop: Hadrians Wall!

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Date: 2013-11-11 02:02 am (UTC)
delphipsmith: (allyourbase)
From: [personal profile] delphipsmith
I got to see Hadrian's Wall on the same long-ago trip. What I remember most was stopping to see the remnants of one of the Roman garrisons that guarded the Wall. All that was left was a gridwork of stubby square pillars about 18" tall that once supported the stone slabs of the floor, underneath which they would have had subfloor heating in the form of steam. It blew my mind to think that thousands of years ago, out on the remotest edges of the Roman Empire, her soldiers had central heating :)
Edited Date: 2013-11-11 02:02 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-11-10 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notsocraven.livejournal.com
This is so awesome, and lovely. I wish I could be there. Thanks for posting these so I can travel with you!

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Date: 2013-11-10 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-neutrino.livejournal.com
What lovely photos and what a nice Roman lady. Almost makes you wish you were part of the Empire, I'm sure. I spent my six hours home standing. On a two-carriage train from Newport to Crewe, for the most part (having already stood from Bradford-on-Avon to Newport.) Because the Sunday lunchtime train from Wales to Manchester clearly will never be a popular choice. I've never seen a two-carriage train before and as I explained in my letter to Arriva Wales I don't ever expect to see one again. Passengers were so irate they were talking to each other.
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Date: 2013-11-10 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Oh no to insufficient trains! I had to stand from Trowbridge to Bath and part way also on the return. People were not happy but not to the point of talking!!

Six hours is horrible. I hope they show some goodwill and refund you or give you a decent voucher.

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Date: 2013-11-10 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordes.livejournal.com
It's all equally gorgeous! I'm so jealous!!!

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Date: 2013-11-10 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Awww. I am sure you'll have the opportunity to visit one day!

Will I be seeing you in March?

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Date: 2013-11-10 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordes.livejournal.com
Probably! i'm still waiting for set dates and more info, really. :)

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Date: 2013-11-10 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
That would be great!

I think more info is to come, soon.

The most popular date was around the 15th of March but it's not decided, yet.

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Date: 2013-11-10 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordes.livejournal.com
I saw, yes. I'm awaiting the final decision so I can start booking!!!

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Date: 2013-11-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tuawahine.livejournal.com
Wow, you were more touristy than I was. Great pictures!

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Date: 2013-11-12 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Bath was wonderful! Next time I'll have to plan more carefully and arrive in time for the free walking tour and enough time to take a peek into all that Jane Austen stuff. Just for completeness :)

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Date: 2013-11-11 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linkar123.livejournal.com
Fascinating! Love that Roman Lady. :-D

Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 2013-11-12 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I agree, she was great talking to!

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Date: 2013-11-11 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meganmurphy1977.livejournal.com
I've been to Bath before, but it was during August and there were so many people I could barely move. So jealous at how empty it was when you visited!

These are beautiful pictures of a beautiful city. You really make me want to go back.

Always good to hear from you. :)

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Date: 2013-11-12 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Doing touristy things out of season is always worth it - I usually wait for winter to visit any of the Edinburgh attractions.

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Date: 2013-11-14 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletladyy.livejournal.com
Amazing pictures! Thank you so much for sharing! I've always wanted to go to Bath :)

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Date: 2013-11-17 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Bath was fantastic; I wish I would have had more time!

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