Day 06 – Bath and Avebury Stone Circles

This morning we woke up in this lovely cottage. The owners are farmers, but also run this friendly bed and breakfast not far from Bath.

Bath Bed and Breakfast (B&B&B)

Bath Bed and Breakfast (B&B&B)

 
Bath attracts many tourists and when you arrive by car it will be almost impossible to find parking inside town. But a couple of kilometers from the town center there is a “Park and Ride”. We left our car there and took the bus which dropped us right in the center of town.

In Bath we first went to visit the Bath Abbey, which is also called The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Bath Cathedral

Bath Cathedral


 
Inside the church we were impressed with the high roof that seems to be supported in a clever way by columns that look like trees with branches.

Bath Cathedral Interior

Bath Cathedral Interior

 

Bath Cathedral Interior

Bath Cathedral Interior

 
We also enjoyed the colorful windows in the church.

Bath Cathedral Windows

Bath Cathedral Windows


 

Bath Cathedral Windows

Bath Cathedral Windows

 
After visiting the cathedral we then went to see the Roman Bath. Already 2000 years ago Bath was a touristic place and the Romans who then occupied the area had built a temple and a public bath near the hot springs. Only few years ago, all this has been uncovered by archeologists and now the area is open for tourists who can learn about the history of the place and imagine how beautiful it must have been so many years ago.

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

 
Under the buildings is a system of canals and pipes that were used to fill the baths with hot water from the spring.

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

 
This is just one of the several baths. Some rooms were heated by fires under the floor.

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

Roman Hot Springs in Bath

 
Bath is a beautiful town and after visiting the Abbey and the Roman Bath there is still a lot to be seen, for example these houses with hundreds of chimneys.

Many chimneys on houses in Bath

Many chimneys on houses in Bath

 
Leaving Bath behind we then continued to Avebury, a place that is famouse for its ancient stone circles.


Landscape in Avebury Stone Circle

Landscape in Avebury Stone Circle

 
The stone circles at Avebury cover a very large area. This site is even older than Stone Henge and while fewer tourists come here we found it to be just as impressive and would recommend it to anybody who plans to come to England (and who like old stones).

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 
These stones have been standing here for about 5000 years, which means that these stone circles are older than the pyramids of Egypt.

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 
When we visited the Avebury stone circle the weather kept switching between rain and sunshine, which created a wonderful atmosphere with fresh air and rainbows.

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 
A rainbow start to form in the distance behind the stones.

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

 

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

 
Near one of the stones a kind of ceremony was taking place.

Avebury Stone Circle a special ceremony

Avebury Stone Circle a special ceremony

 
Then suddenly a wonderful double rainbow provided some extra magic to this ancient monument.

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

 

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

 

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

 
Yesssssss …..

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

Avebury Stone Circle with Rainbow

 
One of the old houses of Avebury reflects the light of the setting sun.

Old house in Avebury Stone Circle

Old house in Avebury Stone Circle

 
Another unforgettable day is finished and we are looking again for a bed and breakfast to spend the night.

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