One of my favorite stops on our England voyage was Bath. Bath sort of reminds me of Oz, without the weird hairdos and creepy witch skywriting, because it used the same type of stone in its buildings. When the sun is out, the city pretty much glows.
Bath was founded on the site of England’s only hot springs, which were initially used as a place of worship for the Celts. The Romans arrived and built the baths for which the city is named. Now those baths are several feet below the street level, because the rest of the city built up around it.
Bath became hugely popular in the Georgian era, and around the 1750s, the city began expanding and adding swanky buildings like the Royal Crescent.
Other high-culture landmarks include the Bath Abbey, University of Bath (one of the best universities in England, and soon to have one of its first MFA Creative Writing programs), the Jane Austen Centre, and the Fashion Museum. Generally, if you’re a dude, you’re probably going to be bored in Bath, although I hear it has a rugby team.
(If you’re in the mood for something stronger, try Revolution. They have several locations throughout the UK and Scotland, including 6 in London. It’s a bar dedicated to vodka, where you can get a sampler of flavors like apple, cherry, bubblegum, and birthday cake. Or try their Mudslide, which includes Absolute Vanili, chocolate liqueur, and cream, and think of me, sitting sadly at home not drinking a Mudslide. Sigh.)
Bath also had a fantastic market on our second day in town. The city was full of booths, snacks, and street performers. I tried my first pasty here!