Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Beautiful Bath

Before last week Bath was somewhere I'd passed through, fancied seeing more of, but had never spent any time.  Most of my Bath knowledge was gleaned from Jane Austen when reading Persuasion and Northanger Abbey - brilliant novels but no Lonely Planet guides! For starters it was much closer to the Peaks than I'd thought at just under 3 hours drive and the surrounding countryside was lovely, all lush greenery and rolling hills.  It's safe to say I was totally under it's spell within minutes of pitching up at the hotel and couldn't wait to go exploring.  Going to apologise in advance for what'll be a picture-heavy post; I couldn't help snapping away, I was smitten.


You all know how much I love tea and the ritual that comes along with it - well there have to be more tearooms in Bath per square foot than anywhere I've ever been!  In an ideal world I'd have popped into every one but there was so much to see in two days.


Everywhere I looked there was something gorgeous or inspiring.






Even the pavement was welcoming.






We did more walking and exploring than shopping but the shops on offer were such a mixture of traditional, designer, high street and many independent retailers.  I'd like to make another trip for retail therapy alone!

Will post the second batch of snaps tomorrow,

21 comments:

  1. I love Bath too, I always feel refreshed after a visit. A friend and I went to the Thermae Spa last year, heaven.
    You've reminded me I need to go back. Looking forward to part 2.

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  2. Bath is a lovely city - I live just down the road in Bristol and pop over quite often. Did you check out the city trail? Glad you enjoyed it x

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  3. Lovely pics, Jem. Yes, I'd heard that shopping is good in Bath. I've been a few times but never shopped; there's just too much to see!

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  4. Your photos, as always, are beautiful Jem.
    x

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  5. Bath is gorgeous, I used to go there a fair bit when a friend lived there and I was in Bristol. Must take a weekend there with the Mr sometime and check out the latest shops and cafes.

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  6. What a dream! Love your photos you lucky thing! Especially the light circles in the first one! Hope you are having an awesome week.

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  7. I've never been to Bath but always wanted to and your pictures certainly make it more enticing.Beautiful pictures and love the pavement:)xx

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  8. Bath is such a lovely place isn't it. I've not been for years and really should go back sometime (I'll put it on the list of places to revisit!) Beautiful architecture and a unique "vibe" lovely :D xx

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  9. ooh, I've never been to Bath, but these photos have convinced me that I need to! You have a great eye for shots, especially capturing details!
    xx

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  10. Great photos and thanks for sharing, I love Bath but having been for a few years so it was lovely to see again :) looks like you had a great time!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  11. The architecture looks amazing. Bath is a place I'd love to visit.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  12. You did capture the beauty of Bath, I love this town, everytime I go to England I must go o Bath!

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  13. I've heard a lot about Bath in movies and books (mostly Jane) I've always wanted to see it in person. What beautiful photos! I love the buildings.
    Karlene

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  14. I love bath as well, always something lovely to see there and I could lose a few days just wandering round the shops! Scarlett x

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  15. Great photos - the light was amazing!

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  16. Bagsy me as the designated shopping companion if you go back ;p

    But gorgeous pictures, you've definitely done the place justice!

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  17. Lovely city. We used to visit from Salisbury.

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  18. I was visiting Bristol for work many ago and had some extra time. All I wanted to do was take the train to Bath and explore, and I did. Back and forth for two days. I absolutely loved the place! Can't wait to go back again one day.

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  19. love the bikes- I'm been wanting one for years. Lovely captures

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  20. Bath is so divine!!
    My husband and I had a UK/Eurpoe trip last September and spent a weekend with my cousin in Bristol. Over 3 days, he took us on a tour of Bath, Cotswolds & Wales. We visited the Roman Baths & walked a few streets. I would LOVE to go back someday!!

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  21. oh wow! definitely worth a visit! beautiful buildings, and the lure of tearooms for me :) lovely pictures you took and i dont mind alot of pics coz then i can see how beautiful the place is and i can imagine walking down those street and visited tearooms. xx susan

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