Stonehenge Prehistoric Monument and the City of Bath
On Monday, our class had a trip to Stonehenge and the City of Bath. The destinations were chosen by our professor as it is related to what we are studying in class: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, who lived in Bath when she produced plenty of her works, and its film adaptations.
We met 7:30 in the morning at Marble Arch. A bus took us to another bus station where we joined a big tour group. We got to Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire, by 10 o’clock. Our tour guide did a good job explaining Stonehenge to us before our arrival. There are many speculations as to what Stonehenge is for and who built it. Many aspects of Stonehenge are still subject to debate, but our tour guide mentioned that it might had been a UFO base for aliens to land on earth, which sounds quite credible to me because I believe that the universe definitely exists other form of creatures if there exists humans. There’s a deep round ditch surrounding these stones and grass has grown all over it. Every year during summer solstice, people would gather around Stonehenge to celebrate the sunset of the longest day of the year. This year, just this morning, thousands had gathered around Stonehenge to watch the sunset.
Decades ago, they used to allow people to walk inside stonehenge, but it was later banned because of graffiti and other damages. These stones have gone through destruction, war, natural disasters throughout these years and are continually being restored by its management, English Heritage. I have seen the name of English Heritage many times over the past month, because it is a registered charity that comprises of hundreds of historical buildings, monuments, and sites around the UK.
Website of Stonehenge: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge
Next stop was the city of Bath. Bath is a city the royal family and the rich in England came to relax in its spa-like hot spring. As we all know, the natural hot spring water contains many minerals that heals your skin, hair, body, and even your soul. The rich would come to stay for a few days to relieve their stress and to escape from their duties. They also tried to promote it to be a rich only city to show the privileges for being in this holy site.
I spent around an hour in the Roman Baths. As you can see, the Roman Baths is a public bath complex composed of multiple big and small baths surrounded by the building structure. Taken on the Terrace, the photo above shows the columns and the statues of Roman emperors and British governors in this ancient Roman architecture.
I continued walking into the architecture to see its exhibition of the ancient remains and other smaller sacred baths.
The Roman Baths also served as a place of worship. The remains of the Roman architectural pediments and many of the sacred sculptures were served as the subject of worship.
Website of The Roman Baths: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
Next stop is Bath Abbey. This church was founded in the 7th century and it is one of the largest perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. I hopped in for a quick look, took some pictures of the stained glass windows, the roof and its current exhibition of Sue Symon’s masterpiece ‘One Man’s Journey to Heaven.’
Website of Bath Abbey: http://www.bathabbey.org/
Before going to the Jane Austen Center in Bath, we stopped for some quick lunch at a hotel’s outdoor bar. I love wearing this Tartan pattern scarf I bought from Scotland.
Lastly, we visited the Jane Austen Centre. Jane Austen lived in Bath for six years, and she produced numerous amount of work, including one of her most famous novels, Pride and Prejudice.
First, we had a staff explaining to us the Austen family. Jane Austen had seven siblings, and her closes one was her elder sister, Cassandra Austen. Throughout their life time, they wrote letters to each other almost everyday, and by the death of Jane Austen, they had exchanged for almost three thousand letters!
We saw a duplicate of the portrait of Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen. The original portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery. Cassandra didn’t get to finish this portrait because their family “didn’t like it.”
I have always wanted to write with a quill. I love how smooth it is when you write with quill and fountain pens.
Website of Jane Austen Centre: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/
We left the city of Bath around 4:30 p.m. and we got back to London Victoria by the 7 p.m. On our way back, we drove through the English countryside. The magnificent scene of endless green farmland and herd of cattle places you in the lives of Far from the Madding Crowd.