We’ve been in Bath for almost a week now, much to the surprise of everyone we meet here. Usually tourists come for only a day or so, but we have been very comfortably ensconced in a flat in the Royal Crescent, arranged through Rural Retreats.

Bath is a  central location for all kinds of day trips, and seems to be cathedral central. So far we’ve seen Exeter, Salisbury, Wells and Bath Abbey. We plan to see Gloucester when we head up to Cotswolds in a day or two.

Bath Abbey is gorgeous.  Apparently the only English cathedral with a fan-vaulted ceiling throughout, it is warm and welcoming.  Built in the Perpendicular Gothic style, its 52 windows comprise 80% of the wall space, accounting for the tremendously light and airy feeling.

The Pump Room and Roman Baths are located just outside the Abbey.   We’ve had both a lovely afternoon tea, for which the Pump Room is now renowned, and an excellent dinner on our first night.  The service is very friendly and attentive and the food is both beautifully presented and delicious.

During the Regency Period, Bath was the place to “take the waters”,  including imbibing a glass of warm mineral water from the fountain in the Pump Room.  A hub of social activity eloquently described in Georgette Heyer’s novels Lady of Quality and Bath Tangle, it’s been a treat to retrace the footsteps of the characters in the books.

 

 
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The Roman Baths are well worth a visit.  The complex was started more than 2,000 years ago with the Roman invasion, and altered several times over the ensuing period.  The baths themselves are below street level, but easily accessible through the newly renovated site.  
 
Teddy managed to snag a bathrobe from a “donor bear’ we purchased in the gift shop. The bear who relinquished the robe has turned out to have quite a personality. We’ve named him Augustus (Gustus for short) and he has joined the entourage. His manners are impeccable and we are hoping will have a good effect on the sometimes overly exuberant and expressive Teddy.
 
 
 
And, of course no visit to Bath would be complete without a trip to the Assembly rooms, the nexus of activity for polite society during the Regency Period.  During the season, anyone who was anyone would gather to attend concerts, balls, play cards or simply be seen.
 
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