Ratty (blinger) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 25 & 26 - 2012

Book 25: Edinburgh Castle: The Official Souvenir Guide by Chris Tabraham – 64 pages

Description from Goodreads:
Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract people to its rocky perch. They are captivated by the ancient buildings, overawed by the marvellous views from the battlements and spellbound by its wonderful story. For Edinburgh Castle is an awesome stronghold, and its story is Scotland's story.

Whilst I was living in England, I was lucky enough to get a four day weekend, which allowed me a chance to do a tour of Scotland, which I was very excited about. On this tour, I stopped in Edinburgh and visited Edinburgh Castle (among many other castles in Scotland). This is the official souvenir guide, and talks through the history of the castle, and the relationship between the Scots and English. Very interesting to see things from a non-English perspective.

25 / 50 books. 50% done!

7611 / 15000 pages. 51% done!

Book 26: The Essential Roman Baths by Stephen Bird & Barry Cunliffe – 47 pages

Description from Goodreads:
The Roman Baths at Bath is the best-preserved ancient baths and temple complex in northern Europe. It is here, at the heart of the World Heritage Site of Bath, that the only thermal springs in the UK emerge from deep underground, bringing health and vitality to this beautiful city. In the first century AD, the Romans chose this site to build the most dramatic suite of public buildings of Roman Britain. At the Roman Baths visitors can see in-situ remains and ornate architectural fragments of the magnificent Temple of Sulis Minerva, goddess of the thermal spring, and the remarkably well-preserved bath-house frequented by residents and pilgrims nearly 2,000 years ago. Also on display are coins and curses thrown into the Sacred Spring as petitions to the presiding goddess, inscriptions recording local people and well-travelled pilgrims, and numerous other treasures unearthed through archaeological excavations over the past 300 years.

I did a day tour to Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor when I was in England, and stopped at the Roman Baths. My mum had been to England 25 years earlier and talked a lot about the Roman Baths, so I was interested to see them, and learn a bit more about some of the ideas about their healing properties. This book expands on that information, including reference to much of the Roman symbolism within the place. It’s a fascinating place that looks back to what started one of the most influential countries in the world. I also definitely recommend a visit to Bath itself – its very pretty!

26 / 50 books. 52% done!

7658 / 15000 pages. 51% done!

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Tags: british, history, travel writing

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