6.11.2007

Benches and Angels

Sit and Rest
June 2007

My iTunes: Already by Rush Fools

This post is up earlier than usual because I am headed out tonight...
After our spontaneous journey to Stonehenge we made our way to Bath, a city in Somerset, England. It is most famous for baths that are fed by three natural hot springs. The city was formed around these hot springs, the only ones in this country. In 43 AD the Romans settled here after the invasion of Britain. The city is absolutely incredible. It is like no other city I have ever seen and reminds me a lot of France with its architecture and colors.

For those of you who like to read British literature, Jane Austen lived here for a few years of her life and two of her books are set largely here in Bath (and I just love Mr. Darcy). Over the next few days I will be bringing you some images of Bath but I wanted to start out with these two. The top image is of the benches sitting right outside of the West front of Bath Abbey. The bottom image is the Abbey itself. This is the last great gothic style church in England. A church has been standing in this spot since 757 AD. Pretty Amazing. I have many shots but I chose this one because of the beautiful sky and the angels making their way up the ladder to Jesus (click to enlarge and see each of them better). My sister-and-law and I got a kick out of that...

I do hope you are enjoying this little tour.
Take care!
The Bath Abbey, West Front
June 2007

22 comments:

photowannabe said...

Love those benches Anna. Great angle and great angels. I thought it was Jacob that was suppose to be climbing the ladder..

Moksha Gren said...

The angels are amazing. That sort of detail just doesn't get put into building anymore.

The benches are great too.Like the hard steel and worn wood.

Moi said...

I read Bath here and the first thought that came to my mind as Jane Austen and Pride n Prejudice.....

those benches look so beautiful there....and u made them look so dreamy :)

Moi said...

*was Jane Austen

Beverly said...

I love the angels climbing up.

Cris said...

I am trying to catch up, been away on a holiday here. I love those benches! And all the other photos you have been posting... :-)

Cris said...

Oh and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite movies...

Chad Oneil said...

Really cool.

kenju said...

I love the old church and the angels on the ladder! I also wonder why there are human feet in the small section in your lower right hand corner, which is over the door of the church (or to the left of it).

Mark said...

Nice shots. How much longer do you get to live in the London area?

When my wife and I went to see Waitress this weekend, we saw a trailer for a new movie (supposedly) based on Jane Austen's romance that inspired her to write some of her works. Might be good, kind of like Shakespeare in Love.

Mike said...

I am enjoying the tour and the history lessons!

Commenting from Charlotte,

Mike

John Roberts said...

I like the benches. I bet this would make a good B&W conversion (or "monochrome" as they say over on that side of the pond).

Stacy said...

I would love to be able to take in architecture like that. Have you been to Spurgeon's Tabernacle yet? Please post pictures if you do!

John Roberts said...

If you're taking requests, I'd like to see a photo of Westminster Chapel where one of my heroes, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, preached from 1938-68.

Bob-kat said...

Great pics. Bath is a fantastic city and as I live nearby I have visited there often and recently posted about it too! Did you walk by the river and view Pulteney Bridge?

Jane Austen did indeed live in Bath and she based two of her novels there: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Anna said...

You all are too funny......I guess I can certainly take requests and bob-kat...the bridge pics are coming! You dont think I would miss that so you?!?!

:) Thanks everyone for your comments...this is serious business being a tour guide!

talj said...

I recently read Northanger Abbey and enjoyed it very much! These pictures are just lovely Anna and I can't wait for more from you! :o) {{HUGS}}

Ash said...

Love the simplicity of the first one and the grandeur of the second one :-)

JAM said...

Wonderful shots. I could spend hours looking at the details of the abbey.

Autumn said...

The picture of the benches is so cool! It looks like it just goes on forever.

Kyle said...

When I first saw the shot of the benches I thought "wow, this shot is so simple and beautiful" then I scrolled down a bit and saw the Building shot and found myself speechless.

I love that second shot Anna!

And I did not get that SNL skit, did you send it to my email or as a link on my blog page?

CG said...

I love these benches and I love Bath too. looking forward to more images!