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Friday, August 08, 2014

Come Walk a Bit in Bath, UK!

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Of all the places we’ve stopped this week, be it the big and busy city of London, or the unbelieaveble standing stones of Stone Henge, from the Cotswolds and the birth place of William Shakespeare and everywhere in between, I think the place that has captured my heart more fully than any other was the lovely city of Bath.


I had heard of Bath many times before, and have seen it portrayed in Jane Austen’s novels and saw it featured in other movies……but I had no idea what Bath really was until I stepped foot on its streets myself.

You can’t describe or understand this place until you have spent time here.

And to those who call Bath home – I hope you know what a gem you have here.  It is truly beautiful, and takes you right back in time.

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The most prevalent architecture here is of course Georgian ---

There were 4 king Georges in a row in England’s history, and anything between George I to George IV was part of the “Georgian” period….followed by Victorian and Edwardian and so forth…some periods were longer than others, but this was Jane Austen’s Bath, and I can’t wait to read those novels again now knowing what it is like to walk up and down these hills, to imagine the social atmosphere of the different sections during the early 1800s where her books were written.

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#25 Gay Street.  Jane Austen Lived Here!

Bath wouldn’t be Bath without gardens:

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Gardens on fire with gorgeous blooms!

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Our group gathered on a walking tour of key Bath sites.

The gentlman in the cream trousers and pink shirt is our guide.  Can you see we are all wrapped up in what he is pointing out to us….the history of what is known as The Royal Crescent:

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Love this sight with the ominous clouds hanging over!

The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England.  Built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom.

But even more astounding than the Royal Crescent to me, was an area known as “The Circus”:

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One section of The Circus
The Circus is a 360 sweep of row houses making a complete circle with a public park area in the center.

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Looking the other direction!

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Beautiful!

Now I want you to imagine the attire of the day, early 1800s….the sound of horses and carriages and people greeting each other as they passed.  This was high society here.  Just incredible!

I am uploading a slide show of other photos taken on our walking tour around and through Bath.  I hope you enjoy them.  I have a thing for doors.  I have no idea what was behind these doors, just that I liked the doors enough to capture a photo of them for my own remembrances.

Walk through Bath with me!

Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.
Bath, UK 2014



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Dinner in Bath with our Group!

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We are all having SUCH an amazing time!

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These kinds of trips form friendships to last a life time!


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11 comments:

Andee said...

Beautiful! Really does look amazing and like nothing I have ever seen.

ga447 said...

A friendship in England does last forever. My friends over there are always in contact with me from Omaha, NE. They even came to visit me.

Mandy Laseter said...

Fantastic pictures! I don't know what kind of place it is, but I would love to go to the Pig and Fiddle!

rabbitquilter said...

Don't tell me you never visited the lovely fabric shop 'Country Threads' while in Bath? Sorry! You will have to go back!!!! Have fun!

Lynda said...

Didn't you manage to visit the Roman Baths? They are fabulous!

Julie Vernon said...

Isn't England a marvel? Each time we have been there, it seems like a walking dream. Further up into the Dales etc, I could sit and just LOOK ... drinking it all in. Don't you wonder if the Brits realize what they really have!? Bet they do :)

So good to know you are enjoying the trip
Smiles, JulieinTN

sewnsew said...

Now you have been to Bath, Maine and Bath, England. Sister cities!!

Julia Adams said...

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Bath is a beautiful place to live & I feel blessed to call it home. :) Julia

Kris said...

What a fabulous trip you are having! Is this a quilting group? I have only recently found your blog through other quilting blogs I follow. I spent three weeks in Italy. I could not stop taking photos of doors!!! They fascinated me.
Xo Kris

ga447 said...

When I am in England we stay at B&B and we just love having breakfast with out group.

Anonymous said...

I've traveled to Europe 3 times and love the doors they have there. So unique and colorful compared to the doors in USA. Thanks for sharing your travel adventures with us! Lisa in AK (I can't get my Google account to work...again. Need the college son's help!)