Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lanteglos - Bath - London - Day 14

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Our last full day in England. After mostly decent weather for two weeks, we awakened to a gentle rain that followed us most of the day. 
After breakfast we boarded a luxury bus for the 5 hour trip to London for an overnight before our departures tomorrow.
We stopped about 3 hours into the trip in Bath for lunch and a little touring. 
Bath is known for its Roman spas built around the "healing" hot springs. Thus, the real attraction here are the Roman Baths, 18 feet below the ground, which have been well preserved. I saw them when I visited with Ed and Michelle 20 years ago. We were tight on time today so no return visit. 
Sydney, Sally and I found a cute little tea room called "Bath Bun" for lunch. Although our lunch was delightful, we had little time for exploring, but we did catch a few sights.
Among them were the Pulteney Bridge, over the Avon River

which resembles the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - complete with shops above, and Bath Abbey, built in the 1500s

on the site of a former Saxon church.
Much of the town was built in the 1700s when it boomed as a spa resort with the wealthy elite.
Today it is a huge tourist mecca with more than 2 million visitors a year. Definitely a place for another return visit.
Soon we were back on the bus for another 2 hours and headed for the Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel. Traffic was predictably bad but we made it with time to spare before dinner -- for one last cocktail gathering. We had a nice dinner in a private room and said our goodbyes with hugs and well wishes. Everyone is off at different times tomorrow so this is our goodbye. A sweet ending to a great trip!

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