Blogs from Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 21st 2023

I've just begun another adventure, but this time with a different companion. Nathan has been left at home to walk the dog and Leanne is earning money. That leaves me to travel with Mum. We flew into Heathrow this morning but straight away parted ways. Mum went to visit her friend Carol for 6 days and that gives me 6 days to check out the South of England before we meet up again and continue our trip through England, Italy and Croatia. So day one has been in Bath, a place I've wanted to see for a long time. I'm glad to say that it is as charming as I had hoped. The town was originally a Roman resort. You know how they liked a bath! Well, some Roman found a stinky, muddy marsh and decided ... read more
Overlooking the town
Canal Boats

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 30th 2022

Wow. What a day. After dealing with our laundry delivery at 7:00, we were able to pack and head on our way. We got a car to take us to the hertz rental dealer at city airport where we picked up our car. What an adventure. As Don has never driven on the English side of the road, the drive out of London created some teeth clenching moments for me. He bounced off the left curb a few times but overall did pretty well. And I’m very glad not to be the one driving so I shouldn’t complain. We first stopped at Stonehenge. We were surprised that it is basically in the middle of a sheeps pasture. And there were sheep right there. It was smaller than we imagined but still quite impressive to think it ... read more
Salisbury cathedral .
Us at Roman baths
Roman baths.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 10th 2022

Awaken to a perfectly beautiful day (Tuesday), no clouds visible, yet not to let us forget we are in England we did experience a drop or two later in the day, but nothing to complain about. After extracting the parking ticket from our windshield, we made our way to the town of Cheddar where Cheddar Cheese was first produced. Yep we purchased a couple varieties. Sorry Doozer, but the products must be consumed before we board the warm plane to Ireland. Have a wonderful picture of a country English road;), followed by the Abbey at Glastonbury. Henry VIII dissolved the abbeys in 1539 as the Pope refused to grant a divorce from his Spanish Queen. He then preceded to destroy the abbeys in England. Really Henry, you are tearing all these fine buildings up just to ... read more
Wells Cathedral
Glastonbury Abbey
Avebury Stones

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 6th 2022

Departed Windsor on schedule in the am with stops in Winchester to view the cathedral (I'm sure everyone recalls the snappy tune Winchester Cathedral where the singer complains of the Cathedral letting him down). A right amazing place is the Cathedral. Ditto the one in Salisbury, which is a full twenty-five miles away. Two massive and beautiful medieval cathedrals this close. Amazing! However, some airhead deleted the outside picture of Winchester. Sorry bout that. By the way William began Winchester in 1079 with completion occurring fourteen years later, I think. At any rate we arrived in Bath about 4pm on 4 June after circling around the area several times where our apartment is located. Followed a similar lost tourist procedure in procuring a few articles from the grocery store as we remain here a week. Finally ... read more
Winchester Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Medieval Clock at Salisbury

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath December 19th 2021

After 2-1/2 days in Salisbury I thought we should take a day in Bath before heading off to the castle for our anniversary. Really, I love Jane Austen; her books, the movies, anything Jane Austen. We visited her home in Chawton a couple of years ago, ate lunch in the kitchen of her brother’s home across the way, walked the streets that she would have walked. So really, a trip to Bath would be all about Jane Austen. We took the train to Bath and walked the ½ mile to our Bed and Breakfast. Uphill and over cobbled streets, like all of the streets we have been on. But it was good exercise. After dropping our bags off we went off to find Jane Austen. The first stop was the Jane Austen Center where, who else ... read more
A view from the bottom of the bridge
The Circus

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath January 11th 2020

I wanted our 3-year anniversary to be special and after hearing some good reviews about a 5-star hotel in Bath I decided to look it up and discovered through my hotel bookings I could save almost a 100 hundred a night on a room. We had originally decided to go away on our actually anniversary at the end of last year but had to cancel the booking on the day due to Fiona's older two kids having a stomach bug and subsequently we were able to rebook 2 weeks later. The reason I wanted to go to bath was because I had seen this hotel called Mcdonald Bath Spa where some of my work colleagues had stay recently and thought we could also go to the Thermae Bath Spa but unfortunately learn it is closed when ... read more
Cheers to a relaxation
OPA Meze Restaurant
Tea with Mr. Darcy

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath November 4th 2017

Aquae Sulis ... The Romans identified the goddess Aquae Sulis with their goddessMinerva and encouraged her worship. The phenomenon of waters at Bath coming hot and furious out of the ground had explanation ... worship was the solution. This blog is somewhat long. Bath was so wonderful. Definitely worth another visit. Have met a lovely couple in St. Ives who have invited me for a return and I will definitely be inviting them to dinner when I next arrive. The name 'Bath' does not seem to have quite enough elegance for such an elegant city. The train journey from Cardiff via Bristol was an adventure in itself. Football fans were on their way to an afternoon game... the beer was flowing ..the voices were raised... the spirits were high... high also was the number of passengers ... read more
Second of Two Ears of Corn
Coffee Time ... Anytime
Dutch Bonnet Santa

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 30th 2017

Today we had planned to visit the Roman Baths, have a swim in the spa, and then go to lunch at the Priory Hotel. After lunch we were hoping to visit the Assembly rooms and do some shopping. After breakfast we set off to arrive at the Roman Baths before it opened at 9am. The line was not too long when we arrived, and soon we had paid and picked up our audio guide. You can go at your own pace, and the audio guide provides lots of information. As you travel through the different parts of the Baths, there are also videos and other information displays. The Baths were discovered and opened up archeologically . They are quite big. Some areas have been renovated and others have just been uncovered for us to see what ... read more
Some of the excavations
Mosaic floor in the Baths
Raspberry soufflé

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 29th 2017

Today we wanted to look around Bath and get our bearings. The City of Bath provides a free walk every morning at 10.30am, led by a group of volunteers. We had breakfast at a leisurely pace and set out for the walk. The walks begin outside the Abbey and Roman Baths. By 10.30 there was a large group of people waiting to join the walk. Luckily 4 guides came. We were divided into 4 groups and each group set off in a slightly different direction. Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable, and came equipped with photos of old Bath. We walked around the area close to the Abbey and Roman Baths , as Peter explained the history of Bath. It began with a Roman settlement - draw to the hot water that came out of a ... read more
The kitchen in 1Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent with its green lawn in front.
A panorama of the Crescent

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 28th 2017

Today we moved on again. It was wonderful to see the sun first thing this morning. Because Bath is not all that far from Crickhowell, we planned our trip so that we could visit Caerphilly Castle and Tintern Abbey on our way to Bath. After driving down different roads again, even though we were going close to places we went yesterday- thanks to the gps- we came to Caerphilly around 11am. This castle is the biggest castle in Wales, and was another of the chain built by Edward 1 to subdue the English. It has huge defences, a double wall and moats, and a number of different gatehouses. There was also a quite large private appartment within the castle as well. We spent about an hour climbing up and down, and looking at the different parts ... read more
Looking down on the inside of the castle
The ruined leaning tower
Tintern Abbey

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