Europe Photoblogging, Part 6: Stonehenge and Bath
By Dwip September 13, 2014, 3:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Our second Friday trip as an AHA group was to Stonehenge and the town of Bath on 4/16/04. This was our first trip outside London proper, and we spent a couple of hours taking a bus 90 odd miles to get out to Stonehenge. I discuss it all here.

Mat scoffed. “Do we have Trollocs in the Two Rivers? We have sheep. I wonder what could have ever have happened here to interest someone like her.”

“Something could have,” Rand answered slowly. “They say the inn’s been here for a thousand years, maybe more.”

“A thousand years of sheep,” Mat said.

That quote from The Eye of the World pretty much sums up my feeling about Stonehenge. As you can see, it’s literally nothing but sheep as far as the eye can see. Miles and miles and miles of a thousand years of sheep. And these rocks. Those are kind of cool.

This is definitely something, it should be noted, that the people running Stonehenge have a sense of humor about. Sheep plushies were certainly acquired by people.

You must have the obligatory “I was at Stonehenge!” photo. Although looking at it now it looks very much as if I was Photoshopped into this thing. I dunno.

MOAR STONEHENGE. I mean, I really want to talk at length about this place, and tell you all of the cool things I learned, and all of its vast importance and what have you, but seriously, I was just totally unimpressed. I’m glad I saw it, it’s a great world monument, it gives you +6 culture in Civ V, and I have absolutely nothing to say about it.

Our second stop at Bath, however, was loads of fun. Bath has been home to some famous baths (surprise!) since Roman times, and the city got a major makeover in the 18th century, leaving it looking like what you see above. I found it to be a nice place to a day of wandering about, and as you’ll see the attractions aren’t half bad either.

This is a house with a cool door. Also those windows are kind of random. You can also kind of see how the city is built in a stair step arrangement owing to all the hills.

Likewise, this is just some random awesome-looking garden or park or whatever. Bath is full of all of these quirky little Englishisms.

At one point while we were waiting to get into the baths, it started dumping down rain. These choir girls came out and sang for us for a while. Also, this may be the one major church structure in all England I never got to go inside.

These are the quote unquote “Roman Baths” that give the city their name. As you can see, they too got a big facelift during the whole Georgian era redo of the city. Not saying it’s not fantastic looking, but not so much on the whole Roman thing, at least in the exterior.

Off to the left is where Bath Abbey and the choir girls are.

Here I am at the baths themselves. You can tell by the steam that they’re pretty warm, body temperature at least. They were once upon a time advertised for their curative properties, but these days the lead pipes and the possibility of various sorts of diseases keep people out.

Do you like Roman architecture? I like Roman architecture. This is a hypocaust underfloor. The way it worked was you’d put a real floor on top of all those brick piles, then force hot air through, which heated up the floor and made everyone’s feet warm.

We’re relatively deep into the Roman baths and temple complex of Aquae Sulis at this point. There are a bunch of rooms like this that made up the old Roman bath complex – unfortunately my camera settings were messed up and most of them are overexposed and blurry as hell. Also, I have some very good pictures of my palm for some reason.

Did I mention I like mosaics? This is a hippocampus, a horse with a fish-like rear end. They’re only CR2 and don’t have treasure, so not really worth your time to fight.

Yes, I reserve the right to make random D&D jokes.

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