Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog


Our host at Lorne House, Box requested an early breakfast which we met at 0745 hrs. We had completed all morning routine by 0900hrs and drove direct to Bath with only one navigation error. Thankfully, our host had briefed us on parking and we had no difficulty finding a spot when we finally used GeePS correctly.

Having parked the car we wandered in the direction of the city centre, purchasing Deep Heat on the way for my aching shoulder muscles.

Our first point of call was Bath Abbey which we toured while planning the day's itinerary. The church was not lavish but quite interesting and a helpful guide in the church pointed out the memorial plaque to Governor Arthur Phillip who died in Bath and is buried in the nearby area. An ensemble of musicians were playing and added atmosphere.

Following this visit, we moved to the Roman Baths which turned out to be quite lengthy but very interesting. The tour was supported by an audio presentation describing the significance of the baths to the Romans, their discovery in more recent times and the archeological research since. Visitor numbers increased during this visit which concluded with a coffee in a nearby cafe.

After this necessary break, we undertook a walking tour of Bath including the Guildhall, Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House, North Parade Bridge and Gardens, Pulteney Bridge, Great Pulteney Road, The Sydney Gardens, the cemetery at St John the Baptist Church concluding at the Museum of Bath Architecture. The museum was most interesting and explained the story behind the unique planning processes for this elegant city. Building techniques employed at the time were also explained. An extension to the visit was a tour of the Circus and an apartment in the Royal Crescent.

- number one. The tour was well worthwhile as it showed and explained how those better off lived in Bath.

We completed the tour in time to save a parking fine. As we had planned to dine in Bath, we attempted to find the pub recommended to us by " George??" - all came to nought. As a consequence we retired to the Pig & Fiddle for a wine to await a restaurant to open. When George's tip for the best pub in Bath fell through because it is a " liquid only" pub, we sought and found Wood's Restaurant nearby. The four entrees shared plus a wine served us well and the horse racing enthusiast and owner were an added interest to what was a pleasant dining experience.

After dinner we returned directly to our accommodation ( we are staying in, what was the home of the chap who created Thomas the Tank Engine) and were in bed by 2200hrs.

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