Tourists at Home

Recently, while my mum was staying with us (she lives a couple of hours away on the coast), we decided to spend the day in the nearby Georgian city of Bath. The weather was absolutely glorious, so instead of focusing on shopping as we usually do, we decided to act as tourists for the day and take in some of Bath’s major attractions.

20180611_130351First we visited Bath Abbey. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past the Abbey and enjoyed various concerts inside it, but acting the tourist I discovered that it’s one of the most visited places in the south west of England, and one of the largest examples of perpendicular Gothic architecture in the country. It was founded in the 7th Century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th Century, and has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. In 973, the first king of England, King Edgar, was crowned here, and the service set the precedent for the coronation of all future Kings and Queens of England.

After admiring the Abbey, we decided to treat ourselves to 20180611_124624morning coffee and a Bath bun at the Pump Rooms just across the grounds. Built in 1706, the Pump Rooms form part of the Roman Baths, and still retains some of the original Georgian features. While dining, visitors are treated to music provided by an excellent pianist, and there’s the opportunity to ‘take the waters’ of the hot springs still poured via the original marble vase, now over 200 years old. The waters are said to have curative powers. (sidenote: it tastes foul). 20180611_114031

The Pump Rooms were very fashionable amongst 18th Century high society.  Jane Austen mentioned it in some of her novels “Every creature in Bath was to be seen in the room at different periods of the fashionable hours”, and it provided inspiration for other notable authors, namely Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein while staying nearby.

As we wandered around the city, my mum was fascinated by the living statue street performers. But on such a hot day she was very concerned that they were out so long in the sun without a  break. Knowing my mum’s caring nature, I had the impression that at any moment we would be heading along to the nearest supermarket to order a supply of water for distribution amongst Bath’s outdoor performing artists! 🙂20180611_130335

We thoroughly enjoyed our day as tourists, but we did manage to get some shopping done, too. Why change the habit of a lifetime?

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5 responses to “Tourists at Home

  1. Thanks for reminding me of the other side of Bath, the Abbey is beautiful and the Pump Rooms are perfect for a special treat. But definitely not the waters! On our doorstep too. Joan looks good and happy. Really interesting blog. We are usually too busy talking to notice what’s going on around us! X

  2. What a wonderful day you had. And your mother looks awesome! Happy and full of vim and vigor.

  3. Wow that’s some big pastry your mother has in front of her. Yummy. I took a look at the websites. You are so lucky to live so close to historical Bath. I loved the online pictures and walk thru. Thank you for sharing it all with us. And, yes shopping is always good.

  4. I love Bath. Been there once and it was charming and lovely. Thanks for sharing your post. Made me happy and I got to relive my memories, too. Jillian

  5. Love that you had a great day with your mum. And doing touristy things in Bath. Dave and I played tourists some years ago in Bristol and totally enjoyed it. Treasure every moment you can with your mum, Tricia, they are precious jewels. xx

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