Sunday, March 25, 2012

Britain's Bath

I saw this article and it reminded me of my first trip to England. It was the first country in Europe I had ever been to and I fell in love with all things British even though I have loved their music since childhood. This was in early 2001 and I remember booking a tour through some website for this day trip to Bath. There was the foot and mouth outbreak in the UK and Stonehenge was closed to the public for a while. Well, this was during our trip there, so our tour took us near Salisbury Hill, like the Peter Gabriel song, and through Avebury, where there are similar stones right throughout this tiny village. We stopped at a pub in Avebury for a coffee and then headed to Bath. We arrived there sometime after noon and went right to the Roman bath. It's a museum with an audio tour thing. It was really interesting and considering it was over 2000 years old, it was probably the oldest building/ruin I had ever seen. After the tour we were able to walk around the town, which is quaint and quite old. We ate a place called All Bar One, which our tour guide described as "dead cool." To this day we still use that phrase.

There's a bit of pop trivia that our tour guide mentioned that I now kind of think she made up. But it had something to do with the children's choir on the Rolling Stones' song "You can't always get what you want." Either they performed at Bath Abbey and it inspired Mick Jagger or something. I tried googling it, but nothing turns up. I am thinking that he got the idea for using a choir on that album in Bath. I don't know. It also doesn't really matter.  

Bath from above: an elevated guide to Britain’s most beautiful city

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