Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Georgian Bath

Last Sunday, the day before Beccy went home, we decided to go to Bath. This beautiful Georgian city is only about 15 miles away and is well worth a visit. Bath is such a popular tourist attraction that I was expecting it to be a lot busier than it was. A bonus was that parking is a lot cheaper on a Sunday, not that we realised this at the time. Beccy took Mollie and Ben to visit the Roman Baths and take the waters (yuk have done this-drink the water I mean!), Dillon and his friend wanted to do their own thing (once we had got Dillon a new pair of daps, trainers, runners or what ever you call them). Embee and I took a little walk and then he sat while I went and took some photos.
This is my view of the famous Pulteney BridgeThere are shops running either side of the narrow road (not much traffic on a Sunday, but not many of these shops were open anyway).
This is the view from the other side of the bridge. Several of the old buildings are being renovated and it looks like they are being turned into appartments.
You can take a river trip on the pleasure boat.
Or you can speed up to the weir for a closer look. Or just stroll along the river banks and sit and admire the view.
As soon as you sit down the pigeons think you are going to eat and they hover in hope. This guy was unlucky but he hung about for quite a while.


For anyone who is interested The Royal Crescent is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture and it is often used in the filming of period dramas.

Embee and I have decided that we are going to make a return visit in the near future. The city opened a new Thermae Spa last year and when Sam and Fred come to visit in September we are going to try it out.

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28 Comments:

At 21/8/07 16:24, Anonymous Lisa said...

Looks like a beautiful place.
It seems like it would be wonderful to have an apartment in one of those old buildings!

 
At 21/8/07 16:43, Blogger Sam said...

When I saw your post I suddenly remembered the time I went there with Sheena. I remember being there with that view of the wier and the bridge.

 
At 21/8/07 17:08, Anonymous enidd said...

Enidd loves Bath and hopes Sam and Fred enjoy their trip with you. Great photos!

 
At 21/8/07 17:33, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Whenever I hear of Bath - I picture some romantic novel setting.

 
At 21/8/07 18:21, Blogger Beccy said...

Humph, Joules told me about that thermal spa and asked why didn't we go. So why didn't we go and how come you're taking the others. Humph!

 
At 21/8/07 18:23, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Ah - I keep meaning to do a trip over to Bath with the kiddos. Sigh....we will if I ever finish this painting!

Beautiful photos!

 
At 21/8/07 18:41, Anonymous wolfbaby said...

ohh now that looks neat, i always see places like that and wonder if walls could talk what kinda story would they tell?

 
At 21/8/07 19:01, Blogger Kila said...

Beautiful photos. To be surrounded by such history, how wonderful.

Around here few things are 100+ years old.

 
At 21/8/07 19:03, Blogger john.g. said...

Bath is a beautiful city Chris! Great pics.

 
At 21/8/07 19:24, Blogger ChrisB said...

Sam I looked at the photos of when we last visited to see if I could use any of those but decided to stick with just these that I took. Did you have a photo of you and Sheena there?

lisa I bet they will cost an arm and a leg!

enidd it's funny how we haven't been for years and then suddenly I will have been four times in just over a month come September.

karmyn you almost expect to see people dressed for the period in some of the areas.

beccy I didn'y give it a thought that's something for next year!

tiger lamb girl would definitely be worth the trip :)

wolfbaby and kila a city with plenty of history :)

john have you visited Bath?

 
At 21/8/07 20:03, Blogger her indoors said...

oh i love Bath, only been the once though, and what about Sally Lunns, got that right haven't I, but my how big are her buns! and yes I tried the water yuk thanks for the lovely photos

 
At 21/8/07 20:09, Blogger ChrisB said...

her indoors you are spot on sally lunn buns in case anyone is interested.

 
At 21/8/07 20:20, Anonymous nikki said...

Great pictures! I'd love to see the inside of one of those renovated apartments. I have a major thing for old buildings.

 
At 21/8/07 20:22, Blogger Steffi said...

What a wonderful place!That are typical english buildings for me (as tourist).Really beautiful.And I love the music of the "Gregorian".

 
At 21/8/07 20:44, Blogger ChrisB said...

nikki I was thinking the same thing.

steffi Bath get many many visitors from abroad.

 
At 21/8/07 20:59, Anonymous swamp witch said...

What a wonderful tour. Nicely done.
Have never been here, but this does entice me to look into it.

 
At 21/8/07 21:08, Blogger ChrisB said...

swampy you'll have to point the broomstick in this direction!!

 
At 21/8/07 21:16, Blogger john.g. said...

Chris, yes, that's how I know it's a nice city!

 
At 21/8/07 21:44, Blogger Barbara said...

I've always wanted to visit Bath. It looks so lovely.

 
At 21/8/07 22:27, Blogger Robinella said...

thank you for that travel adventure. I love seeing other places.

 
At 22/8/07 06:24, Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I LOVE this post!
I've been to Bath in 1999 for a wedding which was held in the theatre and it was just beautiful! I remember exploring the quaint little city, the Roman Baths, the hot water. Too bad at that time, no digital camera! ;-)

 
At 22/8/07 08:07, Blogger ChrisB said...

Barbara I would love to introduce you to Bath

La bellina mammina it's really lovely when blogging friends have visited places I write about :)

robinella me too I get to visit places I wouldn't otherwise have seen.

 
At 22/8/07 10:45, Blogger Sally Lomax said...

I love Bath..

 
At 22/8/07 12:43, Blogger theotherbear said...

Oh, Chris! What just gorgeous photos!We both just looked at these and are wishing we had cities like this. Our cities are new and the only ones with canals are fake canals put in by property developers looking for extra ways to say they have water frontage properties to sell.

 
At 22/8/07 13:29, Blogger ChrisB said...

theotherbear In Bristol where I live a lot of appartments have been built as part of the harbourside regeneration and this includes renovating old warehouses. It's become a very trendy area of the city.

 
At 22/8/07 18:46, Anonymous Robin said...

Thanks for taking pictures to show some of us places we've never seen ourselves. Yes, you MUST go back when Sam visits...a day at the spa would be a FUN series of pictures!

 
At 22/8/07 21:40, Blogger elena jane said...

i love bath as well. and you had a lovely day too :)
the one thing my oldest son remembers from our visits to bath? the green water and the ice cream...he was just 5 tho ;)

 
At 23/8/07 07:49, Blogger ChrisB said...

robin I did think about that but the pictures might get steamed up !!!

elena jane well the water does look pretty disgusting in the Roman Baths.

 

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