Fashion & Hot Springs

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Mar 02, 2010

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We woke up, packed our bags and had the standard hostel breakfast of toast and cereal. We were going out in the town for a bit, so left our bags at the hostel. They had lockers which you had to use and pay for, so we got a large one but it couldn't fit either of our bags in it. When we complained he said we could leave our bags on the floor in the room but couldn’t get a refund as it was another company that actually owned the lockers. Anyway, we gave the locker voucher to someone else who gave us the money for it, so it worked out alright in the end.

We left the hostel and headed to the top end of town, where the royal gardens and buildings are. There is also a museum which we wouldn’t normally have visited, but it was included in our heritage pass so we thought we would just to make sure we get our monies worth. It’s the National Fashion Museum, a collection of clothing and accessories from throughout various British periods. The museum wasn’t quite open when we arrived, so we strolled along the road to the edge of the park and the royal crescent. We recognised the crescent from a Jane Austin movie we’d seen, and talked about how majestic the town is and why its perfect for those sorts of movies. We then headed back to the museum and had a look through. We were given an audio-guide, but it was pretty boring so we didn’t listen to it much. Rachel tried on some undergarments and some of the dresses were quite pretty, but there was nothing really interesting here. It seemed to be under renovation, and half the museum was closed, so were glad we didn’t pay to get in.

We then strolled back through the centre of town, taking photos of everything as we went. We looked in at one of the churches and a few market places on the way. Soon we got to our second destination, the far more interesting Roman Baths and Pump Room. Again we were given an audio guide, but this time we actually used it as it was very informative. Rachel listened to the adult version, which had a little more detail in it, but I opted for the funnier children’s version. We spent ages walking through the complex which included a Roman temple, the various baths and sacred hot spring from where the hot water came and the hot rooms which were basically saunas. The guide talked us through the process that citizens would have gone through when visiting the baths. At the end of the tour, we were each given a glass of filtered hot spring water. Rachel didn’t like it and so only had a sip but I drank down the goodness of both glasses, I can’t say it made me feel any different though.

When we left the baths, it was starting to sleet out on the streets. We walked back up main street looking for lunch. Rachel decided she wanted Pizza Hut because we’d seen it a few times in other places, but we didn’t know where one was. Miraculously there was a sign pointing people to a Sony store and the landmark on the way was Pizza Hut. We had all you can eat pizza and stuffed ourselves silly for half and hour. We then went and picked up our bags from the hostel and headed to the train.
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Ruth on

Looks like you enjoyed being in Bath. We really did too. We stayed at a lovely farm B & B in a little village south of Bath. Have fun in Wales. (Hope you can read the road signs. We couldn't. At least in Scotland when they have the signs in Gaelic, they print the English underneath...but not so in Wales. ♥♥

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