Three years ago I was on a train bound for Wales and whizzed through Bath without more than a glimpse of the city out the carriage window. I could see the Georgian townhomes rising up into the distance and distinctly remember thinking what a shame it was to miss out on what I imagined to be a spectacular place to visit. Well, flash forward to this August, I knew that my family and I needed to squeeze in a day-trip to bath while we were staying in Oxford. I am oh-so-glad we did!
Upon a friend’s recommendation, we paused for tea and coffee at Society Café – a recommendation I would offer to any who happen upon this blog as well! The baristas were friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxed…as evidenced by the sleeping pooch! Three years ago I became acquainted with “flapjacks” in England, so when I saw them on their pastry counter I jumped at the opportunity to devour another one of those delicious oat bars.
Next it was on to the Roman Baths. I had no idea how extensive or well-preserved these would be! Definitely a fascinating twist to a city that is otherwise marked by a such rich Georgian and “Jane Austenian” history.In the midst of our search for dinner after the bath house, we meandered over to the River Avon to take in the view. At the time, the scene below was vaguely familiar, but we couldn’t quite place it. We thought it looked strangely similar to the scene in Les Misérables when Javert leaps to his death, but that couldn’t be true since the setting for that story is Paris…right?
Further research revealed that this WAS, in fact, the scene they used in the movie. As it turns out, England was very heavily used as a filming location.
To conclude our time in Bath, my brother and I tried some Bath ale and cider at a pub called Salamander.
Quite a lovely city. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to finally visit!