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City of Bath – Somerset, England

Bath - EnglandThe Pulteney Bridge, Avon River

City of Bath

Somerset, England

In the South West England, there is a town that is too pretty for words.  It was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans as a thermal spa (Aquae Sulis) and thus renamed Bath.

It’s current form started in the 18th century, under  in King George III.  We must give thanks  to the hard and inspired minds of  John Woods the elder (1704-1754) and the younger (1728-1782), and their interpretation of Andrea Palladio’s (1508-1580) concept of picturesque aestheticism.  We now see the seamless integration of the The Roman Baths and temple complex,  the remains of the city of Aquae Sulis, and the more modern English City.

Other architects and visionaries responsible for overall city landscape were Robert Adam , Thomas Baldwin  and John Palmer.

Bath is also a must place to visit for any Jane Austen admirer 🙂

Royal Crescent(above photo Royal Crescent © Christina West)
BathVT-Profesor(above photo Palladian Bridge at Prior Park © VT Professor)

This Palladian bridge in the Prior Park Landscape Garden was built in 1755, and it is  one of only four in the world. is set into a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the city of Bath.

The Circus, Bath(above photo The Circus © Robert C)

From ‘Obsession: John Wood and the Creation of Georgian Bath’, 2004, pp95-98).

The (originally ‘Kings’) Circus (South Eastern Section – c1762-6) bathed in the late October sun of 2007, one of the best autums I can remember. As ever, the play of light across the beautiful Bath stone allows this shot to become magical! (Best viewed large size.)It has been pointed out that the Circus was originally devoid of any plants or grass, being a circle of cobbles, since Wood intended the link to nature to be a direct one-to-one relationship between the architecture and its symbolism and the open skies above – ‘a dramatic and theatrical space where the architecture took centre stage’. Wood believed that there had always existed a temple to the Sun and Moon on Lansdown hill and the Circus was to be his recreation of a temple of the Sun, with the Royal Cresent the reborn temple of the crescent moon! As such the Circus is the same internal diameter (318′) as Stone Henge, itself an ancient temple of the sun.

3979409417_6e360e2848_z(above photo The circus © Adrian Sparrow)
Circus leaves(above photo The Circus © Andy Clist)
Classic(above photo The Circus © Andy Clist)
3507828198_1f7ac507b8_z(above photo Temple of Sulis Minerva Roman Baths © Andrew Cameron)

Bath - England

Széchenyi Baths – Budapest, Hungary

szechenyi-04(photo Flavio Spugna)

Széchenyi Baths

Bath House
(36)  1 – 363 3210
H-1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11
t, Hungary


6:00am – 10:00pm Every Day

The Széchenyi Baths are the heart and soul of Budapest.  Here one hears children giggling,  lovers canoodling and old-men chatting.  Truly a local hangout where you can be a part of the city, as opposed to a visitor to the city.

The Széchenyi Baths are in an exceedingly large neo-Baroque building, located on the edge of Varosliget (City Park).  The same park of the Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) and next to the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum) of Fine Arts and the Mucsarnok.  In winter there is also an Ice Rink!

(above Left photo  Ed Porras)

(above right photo brka)

There are 3 outdoor pools!  The one in the center is  large & relatively cool in temperature and  is used mostly for exercise (may people swimming laps).  The two smaller side pools are much warmer.  The far pool is quite fun and seems to be geared more towards youth, having a fast-jet spiral that draws raucus laughter out of those spinning through!  The nearer pool is geared more towards sedate conversation, chess and a slightly more introspective crowd- with large gatherings of people in conversation or huddled around gaming tables.  Of course there is plenty of cross-pollinating between all!

Inside, one can find Turkish-style thermal baths that contain heavy mineral spring water.  There is also the normal assortment of treatments and therapies available.  In summer, there is a rooftop deck open for sunbathing.

Bring swimsuit and flipflops with you.  And if you go in winter – be prepared for steaming water, frigid air and to stay in the warm water for hours! (bring a robe)

Széchenyi is certainly one of the places not to miss when you travel to Budapest.  Highest of our recommendations.

Szechenyi-03(above  © photo  Elin B )
Szechenyi-02(above  © photo  Elin B )
Széchenyi Fürdő(above Left photo Ed Porras)
Szechenyi-012  Szechenyi-10(above  photo  © Jon k )
Szechenyi-00(above  photo © Katherine Hala)

Király Baths – Budapest, Hungary


Király Baths

Spa & bath House
(36) 1 – 202 3688
I. Fö u. 84, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary


9:00am – 9:00pm   Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30am – 7:00pm   Tuestays & Thursdays
6:30am – 1:00pm   Saturday
there are different days for men and women

Built in 1563 by the The Pasha of Buda during the Ottoman occupation

As you settle into the main pool and tilt your head back, you gaze up at the octagonal domed roof  and the tiny circular windows that filter gentle rays of sunlight onto the stone and water.   If you ever saw the original 3d modeled video game MYST, you can imagine the lighting gives and its magical atmosphere.

The main pool is surrounded by smaller baths, each with different water temperatures.  The divine thermal water is piped directly from the Lukács Baths.  This is a truly relaxing bathhouse – with no crowds or stress.  400+ years of stress washed away.