Touring Bath

We planned this trip to allow some vacation days for sightseeing. So on November 12-14 we spent two days in Bath, the location of the Roman Baths (hot mineral springs)and much more; and one day in Bristol.

We had toured the Roman Baths and museum on a previous trip (and I posted photos of the baths tehn on my blog) so we did not walk through the baths again. We did take lunch in the Pump Room, so called because mineral water is pumped into a fountain in this room and you may drink a glass of it.

During lunch we enjoyed music by an instrumental trio.

Here is Bath Abbey.

The towers show angels climbing a ladder. This represents the vision Jacob had in the Bible story, or as some guides tell it, perhaps a dream that an early bishop had when he received the instruction from God to build this abbey.

Around the outside of the Abbey was a display of large photos, titled Earth from the Air, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. All the photos were taken from a helicopter and show various scenes of nature and structures made by man. Here is his view of the place everyone recognizes.

Much as Harrisburg, PA, has decorated cows placed around the city, Bath has decorated pigs, as this bejeweled one near the photo display.

The weather was a challenge: cold temperatures, rain and strong winds, sometimes close to hurricane force. We had our umbrellas blown inside out several times. The one, I fear, is beyond repair. But we made the best of it and when necessary, we went into Starbucks or some such place to dry out.

We spent time at the Jane Austen Center. This famous novelist vacationed in Bath and lived here for a period of time. The museum is quite informative and would have had even more interest to us if we were bigger Austen fans.

Across the Avon River is a bridge with shops, similar to what is found in Florence, Italy.

One of the architectural attractions of the city is the Royal Crescent. Begun in 1767 by John Wood the Younger, it consists of 30 identical houses of grand proportions.

The Crescent today consists of private homes and rental apartments, and in the very center, a classy hotel for which the room prices start at $350, so we said, No, thank you. But we did walk through the hotel lobby and the garden courtyard to have lunch in the back in a restaurant which was once the servants’ quarters in the Victorian days when Bath was a huge attraction for rich people.

Along with a superb mushroom soup I had English and French cheeses, which were much sharper and stronger than I prefer, but the presentation was first class.

On another, less elegant street we saw this creatively named eatery.

Finally, after another soaking walk in the rain, we went to Sally Lunn’s for tea and scones.

This is oldest standing building in Bath – or at least one of the oldest. You never know about these extravagant claims made in advertizing.

We had a long and delightful conversation with two happy, outgoing Welsh ladies who sat at the table next to ours.

And so ends our time in Bath. I hope you can visit it yourself some day – preferably in the sunshine.

4 Responses

  1. As always I enjoy your pictures and commentary. These remind me to pray for you and the work you are doing in London.

    • Many thanks for your prayers. That is what keeps us going forward.

  2. We did visit Bath on a sunny day, for which I am thankful considering your description! We saw the Royal Crescent, too, but the details you provided were not clear in my mind when we saw it. Thanks for the info. We also saw the bridge with shops. It’s fun to relive our trip through your experiences.

    • Isn’t it neat how having a shared travel experience gives people a special bond?

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