Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bath Time - Day 6

Today, Ann and I switched to ‘full tourist mode’. Lee stayed behind to catch-up with daytime TV, whilst we headed for Bath town centre.

After the obligatory visit to M and S for some foody-essentials, we then took a slow stroll around the town taking in the sights. After a pit-stop at Jolly’s department store, we then headed on foot to The Circus and then onto Bath’s most successful tourist magnet, The Royal Crescent.

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The Circus

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The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent looked great - very photogenic - even though today was slightly cloudy. Staying in tourist-mode, we took a visit to Number One, The Royal Crescent - a tasteful renovation of the property back to the Georgian era. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited, but take it from us, it was well worth the visit to get a feel for an authentic interior from all those years ago.

An hour later, with our culture-o-meter registering 11 (the same as our hunger-o-meter), we headed down the hill at some speed in search of somewhere to eat. We eventually discovered Clayton’s Kitchen in George Street- a small and busy establishment. There were plenty of choices on the menu and after some indecision, we settled for the two-courser-for-£14. The service was pretty quick and the food punched well above its weight. Packed with flavour (Ann - pollock, me - chicken) and attractively presented, it was probably the best meal so far this holiday!

Suitably stuffed but remaining in tourist-mode, we headed for the Roman Baths. I’ve not seen them before, but Ann had some years ago, with a previous boyfriend. Moving on then!

Inside was just amazing! - immaculately and sensitively restored, it was great to see so much of the original architecture - and watching the steam rising from these natural hot springs was almost surreal.

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With our visit over,we left the Baths and popped next door to the Pump Room for a quick nibble. Every time we’ve been here, the place has been packed, and today was no exception. Luckily they found us a table for two nearest the piano player - or should that say UNlucky for us? - as he churned out an interesting medley, mashing-up the Star Wars theme with the Muppet Show theme - weird - but in a crazy kind of way, quite enjoyable!!! Tea, coffee and bath-buns suitably consumed, we headed for the car-park, and back to The Coach House - just as the rain had started to fall heavily. As we wandered back to the car-park entrance, we noticed crowds of people all pointing their camera-phones in the direction of the Abbey - the reason? A fully-formed rainbow!

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Rainbow over the Abbey

Tomorrow, we’re finishing off the touristy bit and heading off to the American Museum at Claverton Manor.