Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with baths

Normal guy just asking a question: What’s the weather forecast like for Bath?
Number one rated comedian in the world: Showers.
Like seemingly most places in Britain, I’d only been to Bath before for Christmas shopping. As a shopping venue it wasn’t amazing, but I did notice that a lot of the buildings looked quite cool and so it was mentally logged away as a place to visit later on.

Bath is famous because of the Romans, who builts some thermal baths there. It’s always been a tourist destination and very much remains that today. Less than 90,000 people live there, but almost six million visit each year. That sounds like a bit of an imbalance, but I don’t know how other places really compare.

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The big attraction is obviously those Roman baths, baths which for a long time completely disappeared. Their ruins were refound relatively recently and the whole thing built up from scratch in the style they presumed it had been in before. The water still comes from the original source, so there’s at least that. It’s also completely crowded, although not in the water as intended, so fans of people-free photos are going to be generally disappointed, unless you take a photo of pretty much nothing.

roman-baths

Bath has more than just baths, though. There’s also Bath Abbey which I believe is more or less in tact from its original days and lots of big fancy houses to look at. The shopping streets are all fake-olden style, mixed with horrible glass fronts that shops seem to adore these days no matter what kind of building their modifying.

bath-abbey

There’s also Pulteney Bridge and the weir that’s quite good to look at, and has massive fish in it. Again, I ate on a little boat here. I had a cup of tea and a cake.

pulteney-bridge-bath-weir

There are some places I visit that call for more time there or a return visit to somewhere nearby, but Bath isn’t one of them. It’s a great place to see, but there’s nothing really calling me back. It’s pretty much one of a kind as well (isn’t it?), so I doubt there’s much similar nearby.

They also had Morris dancing, which was actually quite cool to watch. People not from the UK love it, too (based on a survey of one foreigner and the observations of many).

morris-dancing-bath

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