warm inside and freezing exterior
13.02.2011 - 13.02.2011 -5 °C
The legendary Stonehenge, the site of ancient civilization’s remnants, was at last beheld in our own eyes. The whole site was fenced off, which disappointed our longing for more intimate interactions with this old monument. The weather tried its best to deter our trip with heavy winds and chilling rains.
The Stonehenge that was said to be an ancient way of keeping time
My hair was jerked by the wind in every direction
The plains under a gray sky
Still unconvinced of the heavy winds, look at these escaping umbrellas
The sheep fur will keep us warm for a while
After Stonehenge, we boarded the bus to go to Bath. The city of Bath is monochromatic, a soft earthy yellow color that spreads across the valleys, streets and hills. The overriding color and tone of the town is set by the golden Bath stone that glows in the sun (we were there to see the wet side, leaving us wondering about what the gold glow would be like on a clear day).
the Palladian-style windows from 1600s
Every corner and street presents a "picturesque" scene
The river and the majestic bridge
The manhole that is strewn with colorful stones
We had lunch at a lovely sandwich diner - Sally Lun's.
Mouth-watering salmon sandwiches
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, special buns just for the loved ones
We visited the Roman baths after the sumptuous lunch. The relics from the ancient Roman world were pieced together to show modern curious minds the grandeur and high level of technology of the Romans thousands of years ago. The Romans had an ingenious design - there were chambers of different degrees of heating to warm up the noble guests before they dip into the hot natural springs. Today, tourists flock to Bath for the Roman bathing experience, not in the ancient site, but in a new 14 million bathing facility that fuels local tourism.
This God's visage was completed with computer imaging
The mists rising from the hot spring
My footstep on the Roman stone
We also visited the Bath Abbey. I have fallen in love with Gothic architecture since I started architecture course in London.
The sinister and fiery glow
The candle lit against the imposing ceiling
My greatest admiration for the high vaulted ceilings!
Bath is a lovely city, to be visited again on a sunny day. ~