"An afternoon in Bath" Top 5 Page for this destination Bath by toonsarah
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In just a few hours I was able to revisit some favourite parts of the city and discover one or two new treasures too. The weather (in early March) was rather dull, as reflected in my photos, but nevertheless I hope you’ll enjoy exploring Bath with me.
To take a walk through Bath is to uncover many layers of English history, but the two very different periods that dominate are the Roman and the Regency eras. The main sight from the former are the magnificent baths, recently restored as a tourist attraction and worth a visit to the city for themselves alone.
But my own enthusiasm is for Regency Bath, developed over many years enjoying the novels of Jane Austen and the under-rated Georgette Heyer. Very many fine town-houses remain from that period, built in honey-coloured Bath stone, and their harmonious appearance gives the city its unique character.
The city is still very much as Jane Austen knew it, with its streets, public buildings and townscapes retaining much of the elegant well-ordered world that she portrays in her novels. You can walk where she walked and experience many of the places she would have seen. Among the streets she lived in on her several visits are Queen Square (where my hotel was located), Gay Street, Sydney Place and Trim Street. She would have shopped in Milsom Street and borrowed books from the Circulating Library there, taken the waters at the Pump Room, danced at the Assembly Rooms and enjoyed music and fireworks in Sydney Gardens.
And while Jane was no fan of the city, I myself think that she would be pleased to see that some small element of her world still remains here for us to enjoy.
- In a nutshell:"Who can ever be tired of Bath?” (Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey)
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