Sep 15, 2013

Belles in Bath


It was a beautiful August day when Pris, Anna, and I ventured out with London Walks to the beautiful cobblestoned streets of Bath, the pinnacle of the 18th century's Age of Elegance, and a getaway for center for socialization and health during that era. It is a masterpiece of the grandeur of  Georgian architecture, dripping with history and romance. 

Jane Austen lived in Bath for five years and all of her books mention Bath, while three of them are actually set in Bath (Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Sense & Sensibility)


"I really believe I shall always be talking of Bath, when I am at home again - I do like it so very much...Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?...for a fine Sunday in Bath empties every house of its inhabitants, and all the world appears on such an occasion to walk."
(Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey)
Can you just picture some of Jane Austen's memorable characters dancing in this Assembly Room?
"The Min" was the first hospital in Bath and was founded in 1742, specializing in rheumotology.

The Roman Baths, where the wealthy would "take to the waters".
Bath Abbey, where the first king of England was crowned in 973AD, King Edgar.


The famous Circus, a circular Georgian structure of townhouses of the wealthy, completed in 1768.


"...they hastened away to the Crescent, to breathe the fresh air of better company."
(Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey)
So many musicians in the many public squares of Bath! Beautiful sounds were everywhere! Dreamy!
 
"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
(Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)
We simply adored Bath! We wish we could have stayed longer as we did not venture to the less touristy area of Bath that lies behind us in this photo. Alas, I will have to return again one day!

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Not sure when, but we plan to make it over there one day!

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    1. You should, Tina! It was gorgeous! I felt like we travelled back in time to the beautiful world of Jane Austen and the dashing Darcy!

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed Bath! It was one of my favorite places to visit when I went to England years ago.

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    1. Aw, we sure did, Susannah! It has such a beautiful charm, doesn't it?

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  3. I LOVED Bath so much! These pictures are gorgeous...as are YOu! love KAtie

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    1. Aww, thank you, Katie!! We loved it too!

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  4. I never went to Bath during my whole 20 years living in England, such a shame! Maybe on a trip home I can try to fit it in :)

    Kate | Diaries of an Essex Girl

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    1. You should, Kate! We were so glad we did! It wasn't too confusing to get there either. It is such a nice break away from the busyness of London, yet close enough geographically that you're not spending half the day on traveling.

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  5. Hi, Your pictures are beautiful. Your post just proved why I want to visit Bath.

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    1. Yes, Lu-Gerda, you should visit Bath! It is such a beauty to behold! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  6. Such a beautiful place, your photos are amazing! Bath was always on my to do list but stupidly I never got round to it, maybe next time I go back for a visit I'll get a chance to experience it.

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    1. Aw, you should see it next time! England has so many beautiful sights, it's understandable to miss a few of the places among all the other beautiful corners to see!

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  7. Wow, bath looks like such a beautiful and fascinating city :) I also love the references to Jane Austen, that just makes me want to go even more :)

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    1. hehe, the Jane Austen references were fun! :) It really was so fascinating! We loved our tour group as well because we got to learn a lot about Bath that we would have missed if we didnt have a native telling us about the history and beauty of Bath!

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  8. Bath is definitely on our travel list and these pics only make me want to go more. Looks like you ladies visited on such a beautiful day as well!

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    1. It really was so beautiful! Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

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  9. I've never been to Bath but it looks beautiful! Definitely adding it to my bucket list :)

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    1. You should go, Kara! It was well worth it!

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