I spent an educational trip to Bath with my mother and cousin.
Here is my review:
Bath Somerset is situated just 11 miles south-east of Bristol. A world heritage site, Bath is famous for its Georgian architecture and roman-built baths. In the 18th century the Bath Assembly rooms were built by the architect John Wood, these sophisticated assembly rooms were popular amongst Jane Austen and Charles Dickens at the time.
When checking in Friday, the airline chose our seats due to a ruby match between Leinster and Bath, seated down the back was to our advantage as the door was situated towards the rear of the plane. The flight was a bit turbulent, hence the name the “Vomit Comet” but it took just forty- five minutes to arrive in Bristol airport. A small airport and it wasn’t long before we found the airport flyer bus. Bristol Temple Meade came into view and we hopped off the bus to the train station. The journey was 11 minutes to Bath Spa.
Whenever I travel, I always like to discover new restaurants and cafes, so my family and I dined at Tapas Revolution, a Spanish eatery with a great atmosphere. I drank a glass of Sangria accompanied with a few delicious dishes of calamari, chicken paella, potatoes bravas and to finish coffees and some churros with hot chocolate.
We checked into our accommodation, called St. Catherine’s Hospital, a spacious one-bedroom apartment beside the Roman Baths. With two floors it contained a galley kitchen, a living/dining area with pull out sofa/bed and upstairs had a Super King bed and en-suite bathroom.
Founded as a Benedictine monastery, Bath Abbey was committed to worshiping God and getting justice for the poor in the 8th century AD. The Abbey is now a parish church, with the great values and beliefs of being hospitable to all people and as we wandered around, I got a sense of wellbeing and tranquillity about the place. A carol service was being performed that evening, so sections were cordoned off for rehearsals.
After browsing the shops and viewing Bath Abbey we went back to the apartment to freshen up and enjoy a glass of champagne.
Recommended on Trip Advisor, we dined at Raphael Bistro, a four-star restaurant, all three of us ordered the Beef Venison, a delicious, succulent meat dish with vegetables and covered in a shortcrust pastry with crispy potatoes on the side.
The following afternoon the weather was to turn nasty, so we spent the morning outdoors exploring Pulteney Bridge crossing the River Avon, built in 1774 in a Palladian style, shops face each other on either side.
Jane Austen Museum
On the way to the Jane Austen museum, we stopped to view The Circus and the Regency where the great novelist Jane resided there for a time. The Circus is a historic street of townhouses in Bath, designed by architect John Wood.
Our tour guide gave us a history of Jane’s life, how she died when she was 41 with two of her books unfinished, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. There are many portraits of Jane, but nobody knew exactly what she looked like. Cassandra her sister painted her but at a very young age which led us to believe it was Jane’s niece in the painting.
Jane wrote many novels, encouraged by her father, a Reverend and school teacher. When her father died, Jane’s world came tumbling down, and the family didn’t have much money, so they relied on family members. Luckily for them, Jane’s brother came into some money in the army and very kindly distributed some of that money amongst the family.
Jane was encouraged to continue writing as her family saw it as revenue but she died shortly after from an unknown disease without finishing Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Afternoon tea with Mr. Darcy was being served on the top floor, an array of finger cut sandwiches, dainty scones with gooseberry jam and small cakes with all kinds of tea.
A trip to Bath is not complete without a visit to the Great Roman Baths complex, a historic sight, these baths were once used for public bathing. Below the modern street level, the baths have four main features such as: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum with artefacts from the Roman Bath. Before our trip we tried to book the famous Pump Room restaurant but unfortunately there were no tables available. Our last evening was spent dining in Bills Restaurant for a big nosh up.
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