These pictures are actually from two years ago, when I was there with Tyler-Rose, and we ran to the Jane Austen Center and back in about thirty minutes. My visit this year was *slightly* more leisurely.
|We literally took about three pictures in the gift shop and then ran out again.|
First, two things I wish I did but didn't:
1) The tour of Bath Abbey--they take you up into the rafters to see how the bells work!
2) Go to the Pump House for tea (I *think* this would have been really great!)--it's a little pricey, but it's where socialites gathered in Jane Austen's time. And a good high tea never hurt anyone in England. (I'll be sure to post some documentation of my Saturday Scones sometime so you can all drool over them. ;) )
I'm not sure how I feel about Bath myself. I mean, the city really does double-coolness-duty: It's a bit of a Jane Austen site, AND it has some of the best preserved Roman baths (hence the name of the town), which you can visit...
|Inside the Roman baths.|
|Temple of the Celtic-Roman deity Sulis Minerva.|
|The main baths--water still bubbles up naturally.|
|My toes at the edge of the steamy water.|
It also is home to the gorgeous Bath Abbey (the one with the bell tower tour I mentioned):
Bath is also known for its Georgian architecture. Which puzzles me. Because this is Georgian architecture:
|Walking with some friends, trying not to get rained on.|
Which is basically England in a nutshell.
Georgian architecture just doesn't....I'm not in awe.
I like Gothic architecture. Soaring spires and windows that arch up to the heavens. It is, therefore, a very good thing I'm living in Oxford. As you shall soon see...
Also, if you feel like there was not enough Jane Austen content in this post, fear not! I am going to try to make it to one of the nearby Austen locations while I'm here. (Either her birthplace or the last house she lived in, I think...)