There are a lot of day trips you can take from London via train, but I was never good about taking them. I’ve always loved London so much, I usually spent whatever vacation time I had there. This time, however, I have the chance to explore more of England, and I wanted to start with a place that everyone seems to love: Bath.
Filled with Georgian architecture, and nestled against the River Avon, Bath is a 1.5 hour train ride from London’s Paddington station. The city’s biggest tourist draw is the Roman temple and baths complex built on top of natural hot springs. Construction on the complex began between 60 and 70 A.D. and continued for the next 300 years. Today, you can tour the ruins and the adjoining museum filled with relics and interesting displays.
Bath also has an Abbey, and you can take a tour up to the bell/clock tower … if you don’t mind climbing a narrow, spiral staircase with 212 steps. It actually wasn’t that bad. I’m getting better at this!
Travel books/websites recommend spending at least one night in Bath, but I decided to spend three. I didn’t find a lot of Airbnb options, so I stayed in a hotel that happened to be on the outskirts of the city center. That wasn’t my intention, but it just sort of worked out that way when I was looking for hotel deals. It actually ended up being a stroke of luck. My hotel was set on a big hill on a huge piece property. There was a city bus that stopped at the end of the hotel’s drive and terminated in the center of Bath. I could also follow a 3-mile footpath into town that went along a canal dotted with river boats. As much as I love/d London, it felt good to be back in a more rural setting and have access to so much nature. It was also nice to be in a place with a slower pace, where people thanked the bus drivers and everyone was happy to make small talk. I’ve always thought I was a city girl … but maybe I’m a country mouse after all.
I know one thing for sure: I could never get tired of eating scones with clotted cream and jam. That’s not something I ate — or saw — much in London, but everyone seemed to be enjoying their tea and scones in Bath. And, when I say everyone … that includes me!
Another thing I enjoyed … a sign that was posted on the wall of the Roman Baths. It featured a first century A.D. quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca:
The picture is not complete without some quarrelsome fellow, a thief caught in the act, or the man who loves the sound of his own voice in the bath — not to mention those who jump in with a tremendous splash.
LOL. Some things never change!
Here are the rest of my photos from Bath: