Blogs from Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, Europe - page 9


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath December 4th 2009

Exciting news, mum and dad arrived in London end of November and what a perfect excuse to see more of the English countryside! This is our adventure to Somerset and The Cotswolds… Mum and Dad had been exploring the North East of England, visiting areas and towns ancestors had lived in. On the Friday evening they swung back through London and picked Kristi up for the trip up to Bath. We had hired a cottage about 15 minutes out of Bath and it was very quaint, set on a farm. After a drive up to Bath and then through dark, misty hills and then missing the turn off once or twice we finally made it and were pleasantly surprised by the two bedroom cottage and its charming character. The following day we headed into Bath, somewhere ... read more
One of the most beautiful cathedrals we've seen in our travels - Wells Cathedral
Reindeer in the Wells Christmas parade!
Bath Abbey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath November 15th 2009

As per my current lifestyle, this is more pictures and less prose. A weekend in Bath visiting old friends. They're not old, but I have known them for a long time. I've known Tom/Laura for about 20/15 years. They forsook Cheltenham when they got back from travelling and set up an organic deli in Bath. It's been running for three years and is going strong. I'll shamelessle plug it a bit (and it's worth plugging)- sandwiches, salads, cakes and soups, tea and coffee, cheeses. If you're in Bath...just everything except the cheese is home-made. So, Friday. Zipped down to a very wet Bath on the train (Mitsu had already gone down in the morning). National Rail did its utmost to postpone this trip, I only arrived an hour later than planned. Dinner (excellent home-made curry) ... read more
Stone Face
Gothic Style

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath November 3rd 2009

So, apparently, there have been some complaints that I don't post often enough. Well, I never said that I would! I do still have a job that I have to keep up with!! :P The weekend before last, I didn't go sightseeing, but I did have a fun time. I got to babysit my nephews! My brother and sister-in-law wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary, which isn't until next March. However, since they are expecting baby #3 in February, they decided that a trip now would be the best option. They left for Rome, Italy on Friday afternoon. My nephews were a lot of fun. Jack is almost 4 (he says that he is 3 and 3/4!), while Theo is about 15 months. We played, watched videos, and read lots of books! Two great questions from ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath September 28th 2009

We made it. After 2 flights and 1 bus and 0 sleep, we finally arrived in Bath at 11:00 am. With no hotel to check into yet, we stored our bags and set off to see the sights. We visited the Bath Abby and the Royal Crescent and Royal Circus (previously only seen in our architecture books) The Royal Crescent is also one of Johnny Depp's homes! We also took a walking tour sponsored by the City of Bath (free!) to get some of the history of the area. After a good night's sleep, we got up early Monday morning and caught a bus tour to Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circles (bigger than Stonehenge), and 2 small quaint villages - Lacock and Castle Coombe. Pride and Prejudice was filmed in Lacock. Tomorrow we are taking another bus ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath August 31st 2009

Throughout my travels, I’ve always had the urge to ascend to the highest geographical points in the areas I’ve visited. Since Bath’s city centre sits in the river valley of seven nearby hills this urge arose when I arrived. This morning I decided to climb one of these hills as part of one of my shorter training runs. I headed to the north end where there were many buildings on the hill, which would likely mean the running would be more suitable than some of the other hills. It took about a mile and a half to reach the top, with many steep grades along the way. While the roads did provide good running terrain the buildings mostly obstructed the views. However, I was able to get a few glimpses of the valley on my way ... read more
Earth From the Air
Roman bath

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath August 30th 2009

I left Belfast early this morning en route to Bath, England. After a flight to London Heathrow, a train to a station near Heathrow, another train to Twyford (or something similar to that), another one to Reading then a final one to Bath, I finally arrived this afternoon. Due to its hot springs, Bath is a renowned spa town which is located near Stonehenge (my real reason for coming here). The city is actually quite nice as it has catered to those on vacation (or “on holiday” as the Brits put it) for hundreds of years. Interestingly, the town has all kinds of sweets stores - ice cream, chocolates, fudge, pastries, candies… you name it. There are dozens in this small town. I noticed more kids than fat people so I assume that means it’s somewhat ... read more
Pulteney Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath August 13th 2009

Today we were supposed to go into London but we kind of woke up late and the weather was if so we decided to go visiting places closer to home. First we set of to a little village called Castle Combe - although its called Castle Combe, there's no castle, but it is considered England's most picturesque villages in England. It really was a beautiful village & guess what, the sun came out as soon as we got there! After having a walking around and having a pint in one of the pubs, we head off to Bath. Its a nice city with many shops and a few street performers playing music. I would have loved to go and see the Roman Baths but there was too many people by the entrance trying to go in... ... read more
Castle Combe
Castle Combe
Castle Combe

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath August 9th 2009

I've not done a huge amount of travel around this country that I live in so I decided to change that by taking a weekend trip to Bristol and Bath. It was a bit of a class trip as I was going with four friends I went to school with - Davies, Gkee and Kelley who have all appeared on this blog before, and another one of my old school friends Mitra. I had heard good things about Bristol - that it is a lively, modern city with a vibrant nightlife. On the way back from Bristol, we would stop by at the by-all-accounts-beautiful and much talked about tourist trap that is Bath. As per usual I was slightly hungover and in a rush to get to Paddington Station on Saturday morning and was sweating a ... read more
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Bath Abbey
The Royal Crescent

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath August 8th 2009

The lovely town of Bath, sort of I am not joking about needing a bath. I am not the best smelling of people on a good day. We are a bit behind on blogs as we have been having trouble coordinating battery power and free internet. We actually visited Bath ahwile ago but it was so awesome we thought a belated post was due. The place is called Bath because it is centered around some old Roman bathing pools (I guess all roman things are old at this point). The Romans thought the natural spring was a gift from god (which kinda explains why their empire fell doesnt it) so they built this big temple and associated structure around it. The Romans knew their engineering because all of the plumbing still works just fine and ... read more
megs pics 087
Bath 1

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath July 29th 2009

Wednesday 29th July A day in the rain!! After a long day out yesterday we plan only a short run of 15 or so miles to Bath today.There are enough attractions to see in the city to keep us occupied for the day. However,the prospects for the day is rain.....again.With this factor in mind and the need for Gretchen to get a haircut and colour highlights we shall look for a Toni and Guy first for an appointment and see what the weather does for the rest of the day. We only got to the edge of Bath city and the rain started and by the state of the overcast sky it looks like it is setting in for the day. Bath did not present itself to us as an easy city to find a ... read more
The main bath at the Roman Baths
The drainage sysytem revealed

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