Bilbo Baggins or The rolling countryside of South Western England!!!

cnwriter..carolinaStarred Page By cnwriter..carolina, 12th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Journeying the Bilbo Baggins way through Bath, its history, the people who inhabited this ancient city, the Roman Baths and more...

Bilbo Baggins and journeying to Bath

Sounds a bit like Bilbo Baggins but when you are journeying around the countryside of south-western England, you are likely to come across many fascinating places and people. Their history stretches back to the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons and the Romans - each race introducing new cultures, different religions and ways of cultivating the land. So a hodge podge from the past still exists although much has been sanctified and blessed into a greying sameness by the more prosaic and mundane English civil service that seems to run most things in this present day and age. But whilst there is still a King and Lords of the Rings, and folk with imaginations like me who can paint with pictures and words, beauty and good can be found wherever you journey in the U.K. and beyond.
Culture is based in detail. It is based in generations of characters, of peoples, of species building on top of past generation's work. Details will lead you down the path to the culture. We only have to look at the works of William Shakespeare, of Emily Bronte, of Jane Austen - they are played and read and enjoyed by millions of folks around the world. The paintings of Michaelangelo, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones still evoke the glory of those masters and the rapt attention of ardent admirers.

What to do in Bath

Today Bath remains one of England's most charming cities filled with treasures from the past and present. You can spend hours walking the passageways, stopping to admire buildings that echo a past that was filled with tranquillity. Naturally for the motivated modern there are lots of shopping streets with all the brands of shops seen in major London shopping areas. Restaurants serving cuisine to meet every taste and pocket with many of them proud to offer fresh local produce.
The open top bus tours are a grand way to see the city with experts commenting on such attractions as Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, Queen Square, The Jane Austen Center, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge plus the delights of Royal Victoria Park. Of course you would be delinquent if you did not visit Sally Lunn's Refreshment House and Museum which is the oldest house in Bath dating back to 1482, and where you can enjoy their acclaimed historic trencher dinner served every evening. The Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms is another attraction where the story of fashion over the last 400 years comes to life. Every garment is original drawn from the Museum's outstanding collection of more than 30,000 items. For those of American heritage, the American Museum and Gardens shows how you might have lived in Bath from the time of the early settlers to the civil war and includes an 18th century tavern.

Perhaps the most famous of all attractions is the Roman Baths and Pump Room. A delightful wander will take you round this building to view the magnificent Temple that flourished in Aquae Sulis between the first and fifth centuries. The blue green spa waters are surrounded by many ancient artefacts including sculpture, coins, jewellery and the gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva. The King's Bath Spring has its own little area and the actual source of this water fell as rain up to 10,000 years ago in the nearby Mendip Hills. It was driven down through carboniferous limestone cave systems by pressure from the high water table on the Mendips and its curative powers have been known since medieval times as a cure for certain conditions such as gout and colic. The Pump Room which opened in 1706 provided a place to drink the waters and today you can go into its lovely dining room and besides other refreshments, sip a glass of the spa water drawn from underground springs. It is dispensed to visitors and although slightly bitter, is quite delicious.

Jane Austen Center

It will take a few hours to explore the Jane Austen Center near Queen's Square. Truly a snapshot of life during Regency times, it includes displays of the costumes worn by Jane and others, and walk through rooms dedicated to many of her novels. Upstairs the delightful Tea Room serves many dishes relating back to the author's favourite foods. You may wish to take a tour of Jane Austen's Bath and enjoy the places she walked, visited and shopped, and the locations made famous in her two Bath novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.,

Georgian Theatre Royal

One of Britain's oldest and most beautiful Theatres is the Georgian Theatre Royal offering a year round programme of top quality drama, comedy, opera and dance. Their many festivals include The Bath Shakespeare Festival and The Bath International Puppet Festival.

British actors and actresses vie to appear in these festivals at the Georgian Theatre Royal and enjoy their time spent in this beautiful city.

To stay and eat in Bath


Highly recommended is the beautiful Royal Crescent Hotel set in splendour in the Royal Crescent, supposedly the loveliest crescent in the UK. Pampering you is their mission that they carry out faultlessly. The Dove House Restaurant prepares superb cuisine and their wine list is incomparable.

Of course, there are lots of small quite elegant hotels scattered around the city and it is easy to find one to suit your taste and pocket.
All you have to do is Do It.

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Bath, Bilbo Baggins, Georgian Royal Theatre, Jane Austen, Lord Of The Rings, Southwestern England

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Wonderful star page, carolan. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

bless you Buzz...two of a kind we is!!!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

oh oh oh thank you too..wow!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

and thank you Johnny too..am so excited about getting a star page!!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Great guide to the South Western area of England, this shall come in handy when I win the lottery and travel around the world.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Mark love, from your mouth to God's ear! and I truly mean this...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Your article makes me want to go there.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

then do as it is a fabulous place so full of history and beauty and charm

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Bath is so close to where I live and you have captured this so well...A gifted writer indeed with stunning images. This is a great Star page my friend..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Feb 2012 (#)

thank you Songbird...your words are so appreciated..

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