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,