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Liberty Adventures: Discovering the City of Bath

BATH, England – The River Avon flows under the Pulteney Bridge through the City of Bath.  Participants on a RAF Lakenheath Information Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours monthly to destinations in the United Kingdom.  This panoramic view was made by merging four photos together. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The River Avon flows under the Pulteney Bridge through the City of Bath. Participants on a RAF Lakenheath Information Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours monthly to destinations in the United Kingdom. This panoramic view was made by merging four photos together. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Royal Crescent was designed by John Wood the Younger and built between 1764 and 1774. It is composed of 30 houses. Participants on a RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The next trip to the city will be May 14, 2011. This panoramic view was made by merging four photos together. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Royal Crescent was designed by John Wood the Younger and built between 1764 and 1774. It is composed of 30 houses. Participants on a RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The next trip to the city will be May 14, 2011. This panoramic view was made by merging four photos together. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Roman Baths were one of many attractions visited by Liberty Warriors on a RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel city break and walking tour of the City of Bath on  April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours to Bath and York. The next trip to Bath is May 14, and the next trip to York is June 25. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Roman Baths were one of many attractions visited by Liberty Warriors on a RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel city break and walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours to Bath and York. The next trip to Bath is May 14, and the next trip to York is June 25. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Bath Abbey, founded in 1499, was built on the site of an earlier Norman Cathedral and the original Abbey Church, which was built in the eighth century. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. This is one of the many attractions to see at the City of Bath. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – The Bath Abbey, founded in 1499, was built on the site of an earlier Norman Cathedral and the original Abbey Church, which was built in the eighth century. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. This is one of the many attractions to see at the City of Bath. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – Bath Abbey can seat approximately 1,200 people. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011.  The next trip to the city will be May 14, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – Bath Abbey can seat approximately 1,200 people. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The next trip to the city will be May 14, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – This plaque on the side of a house notes it was built in 1482 and is the oldest house in Bath, England. The house is one of many attractions in the City of Bath. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours to Bath and York. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England – This plaque on the side of a house notes it was built in 1482 and is the oldest house in Bath, England. The house is one of many attractions in the City of Bath. Participants in an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel trip went on a walking tour of the City of Bath on April 16, 2011. The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours to Bath and York. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)

BATH, England -- In the spring of 1942, incendiary and high explosive bombs fell over the City of Bath as Germany unleashed its revenge for earlier bombing raids by the Royal Air Force on Lubeck and Rostock, which destroyed a number of historical buildings.

The city had been targeted, because of its beauty - literally picked straight out of a tourist's guide to Britain.

On April 16, 2011, the City of Bath was once again selected for its beauty, but this time by Liberty Warriors on an RAF Lakenheath Information, Tickets and Travel city break and walking tour.

According to Felicity Medcalf, one of the two Blue Badge Guides leading the walking tour, the best way to see the many attractions of Bath is on foot.

"You can see much more (on a walking tour) than you can on a coach," she said. "You can appreciate the architecture a lot more and hear a lot more of the history - you get the feel of Bath so much more.

"It is a beautiful city (with) so much to see," she added noting the variety of attractions Bath has to offer.

Amongst attractions such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Fashion Museum, the Pulteney Bridge, the Jane Austen Centre, Bath Abbey and the Victoria Art Gallery, the most popular is the Roman Baths.

The Roman Baths are a preserved Roman sacred site. The Celts built the first shrine at the hot springs, and dedicated it to the goddess Sulis. After the Roman invasion, the Romans identified Sulis with the Roman goddess Minerva, which led to the town's ancient Roman name of Aquae Sulis or waters of Sulis.

After the Roman withdrawal the Roman Baths fell into disrepair and were lost due to silt deposits. It was rediscovered and excavated during the 18th century. Today the site consists of the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bath house and artifacts from the Roman Bath.

"It (Bath) was awesome - everything from the walking tour through the city," said Vanneca Phelps, 3rd Air Force chief of protocol, RAF Mildenhall, noting that she particularly enjoyed tasting the mineral water from the Roman Bath. "(Its) beautiful ... everything looks like a picture."

The RAF Lakenheath ITT offers city breaks and guided walking tours to Bath and York. The next trip to Bath is May 14, and the next trip to York is June 25.

For more information about travel opportunities, call the RAF Lakenheath ITT office at commercial 01638 522 979 or DSN 226-2979 or visit their website at www.ittlakenheath.com.

(Editor's note: No federal endorsement is intended or implied concerning places of interest covered by the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.)