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Beautiful Bath

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Back on the bus from London to meet Tanita in Birmingham and we are road tripping it to Bath for a much needed long weekend! I know I'm on holiday, sounds rediculous saying I need a long weekend but I don't really need an excuse do I?? We set off for Bath Friday morning, takes about 2 hours, we arrive about lunchtime and finally, it's a cracking day (literally 1st "summer" day since I've been in the UK). We head straight for the Thermae Bath Spa for a relaxing 2-hour sesh!! They have a stunning rooftop thermae spa so we can relax and soak up the sunshine! You can't take phones in the pool area but here's us afterward looking pretty chilled!
Of to collapse and have a bubbles at our Airbnb! Also, I cooked pasta for dinner, I think this is the first time on this whole trip I've cooked!! Actually missed it a bit so it was good to have a hearty home-cooked meal.
The next morning we head out for brunch (buttys of course) at a gorgeous little cafe on our walk into town.
We head to the bath abbey and do a guided tour which takes you up onto the rooftop, stunning views over the town and a good view of our thermae rooftop pool from yesterday.
Back down inside the cathedral some of it is closed off for restoration, I mean is it me?! It seems to be everywhere I go! But what is open to wander is stunning. It has been rebuilt over the years but the land as a place of worship dates back to 675, what we see today is mostly from the late 16th century.
There's a beautiful stained glass window piece at the east end.
What makes it so spectacular is the gothic style fan-vaulting roof which is aesthetic but also structurally supporting the cathedral. The fans distribute the weight of the roof down through the columns and push the walls out, sounds crazy but clearly has worked for the last 500 years!
The tour takes us up into the bell chambers and behind the clock face. The ring of 10 bells are housed up here with the largest weighing over 1.6 tonnes and was replaced in the early 1700s.
After climbing up and down the narrow spiral staircases we are definitely ready for a drink!!! We head off down the main drag to find one!
A refreshing raspberry mojito does the trick at Sub 13! Great little bar and garden area out the back.
Next a very late lunch at Bistrot Pierre and of course a Pimms jug! Such a cute restaurant with beautiful decor!
The final sightseeing stop of the day is The Circus (not an animal circus), a large circular-shaped area of townhouses built in 1768 in the Georgian architecture style. It also has a large grassed area in the center.
We found a lovely rooftop bar to have yet another Pimms at Hall & Woodhouse before the walk home.
A perfect day in Bath! Can't wait to see what we find tomorrow!

This morning we check out and catch up with our other Cuban BFF Ryan, who is freezing back home in Melbourne! In fact, most family and friends are saying its a cold one for us back home this year, but honestly, winter in Australia is summer compared to over here in the UK and Europe.
Brunch first of course and a rest from the buttys today (actually we didn't realise it was a vegetarian cafe) delicious anyway!
We head to Alexandra Park which has stunning views on the hill across the town of Bath.

We decide to head back to Birmingham, trying to time the traffic with a World Cup Cricket match at Edgebaston today. We stop in at The Farm Shop, like a roadhouse on the highway to have a late lunch. One thing on my foodie bucket list was to have a traditional English Sunday roast, well I got it here! Pork with crackling, veggies, gravy and Yorkshire pudding (which I gave to Tanita, I'm not a fan). Divine, completes a countryside weekend away!!

Well, weekend over and my time in the UK is almost up! I'm heading to Germany on Friday morning. A whole month here has flown by!
For now, it's goodbye to Tanita until October anyway, before my final stop Asia then finally home. Once again so thankful we met in Cuba and to be able to have more laughs (and drinks) together here in the UK.

Get the kettle on Lizzy, I'm heading back to London!
Much love,
L xx

Posted by mslaurajade 05:49 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged landscapes buildings england nature park history travel driving cuba friends heritage tourist abbey bath holidays adventures drinks blog birmingham pimms

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looks like a you had a nice day trip! Bath is still on my "to visit" list as well! Thanks for the read! :)

by Ils1976

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