|@ the Roman Bath in Bath, United Kingdom|
|arrival of Trisha and Yeye at Gatwick International Airport|
|our rental car|
We got our rental car and drove off to our first stop, Salisbury and the famous Cathedral completed in 1258. The cathedral has the tallest church spire in UK (404 ft.), the largest cathedral close (80 acres)), the world's oldest working clock (AD 1386) and one of four original copies of the Magna Carta. This is a charter originally issued in Latin, sealed under oath by King John on 15 June 1215 in Runnymede. It was the first document imposed upon a King by a group of feudal barons, limiting his powers and protecting their rights, an important step leading to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond.
|historic Salisbury Cathedral|
|Yeye and the red phone booth|
|my dream come true at Stonehenge in the UK|
|fun and family at Farmers' Hotel in Warminster, UK|
|Roman bath at Bath, UK|
Then we trooped to the lovely city of Bath and our first shopping spree! Street kiosks offered scarves, tops, and souvenirs galore for reasonable prices. At Claire’s, an accessories shop, I finally found two pieces for my fascinator which Bill promised to assemble before the wedding. Before we went into the Roman bath, we were captivated by a street side optical illusion, the same trick we found all over Europe, albeit in different forms.
|seen at the road leading to the Roman Bath|
Bath had the Latin name Aquae Sulis in AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon. During the Georgian era, it became a very popular as a spa town, leaving a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987 with theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues that make it a major tourist attraction. Great photo ops await anyone who visits Bath!
In the next post, I will tell you about Part 3 of our road trip across England...at an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold,a and wonderful Wales!