At the Roman Baths

Trip Start Mar 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 15, 2012

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Where I stayed
The Lanesborough, A St. Regis Hotel
What I did
Roman Baths Museum
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Fashion Museum

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Oh, to be back in London again...the lusciously green Hyde Park, majestic Buckingham Palace, and fashionably odd winter coats. The city was just as lively as ever and we were excited to have arrived after a ten hour flight. It was our first experience using British Airways and after the hassle of assigning seats to be together and on the aisle, we thought we'd never use them again. We were more than surprised at how comfortable and accommodating the plane was. It was huge! A "double-decker" plane as I call it, because apparently the Brits like to add a deck to their modes of transportation. Each person receives their own pack of headphones, socks, eye mask, blanket and pillow. We were served a full three course meal with complimentary wine (loved! haha) and for mom it was lights out the entire way. The women next to us said that they thought she was dead since they've never seen anyone sleep that long on a flight.

After checking in to the Lanesborough St. Regis, we had to keep it moving to make the most of our two nights in London. I dragged mom back on the Tube to Tower of London where we listened to the beefeater's tour of the "bloody" history of the castle. We then hopped back on the Tube to the hotel for high tea. This time, I enjoyed a delicious and refreshing green tea called Rose of the Orient, picked especially by their Tea Sommelier. Mom was reminded of The Little Princess, as it was a very English experience and we, as California girls, really felt like royalty. Ideally, we would have rested up and gone back out, but jet lag hit and we slept as best we could for the night.

On Thursday morning, our breakfast came to the room right on time. It was nearly 8 AM, and we dragged ourselves out of bed for tea, coffee, and...well..a feast! We each had a glass of their vegetable and fruit juice "concoction", toast, spinach omelette, fried eggs, yogurt and granola, and assorted fruit plate. After we got dressed, properly for the cold weather, we headed via taxi to the famed Paddington Station. Or as Mom calls it, "Paddington Bear Station". We couldn't help but notice the style of fashion of Londoners, how unique and mismatched to perfection it was. I deemed it a new style, called London...original right?

We took the train to the ancient city of Bath, about an hour and thirty minutes outside the city of London. It was a quick ride, very inexpensive and a great way to reach the city stress-free. Although the town is very small, when you first see it, you're at once filled with awe at its old sixteenth century architecture, cobbled streets, and bustling local residents at every turn. Along with it, you really get a feel for its rich history and want to get to know the story of Bath. Along its main street, Milsom, there are many shops and coffee houses. We stopped at first to watch a performer as one of his fans, an elderly woman, was dancing to his music. Mom decided we should stop for coffee to take in the scenery around us and we went to a corner shop and sat on the street side, watching the people, local and tourist alike, making their way down the street with their friends, strollers, and families. It was a great moment, not just to relax, but to really experience your surroundings and understand what you really came for and that's to see something new, something you wouldn't normally have seen back home.

The Roman Baths Museum was small, but filled with so much unique history. When the Roman's conquered that area of England, they greatly missed home and started building bath houses like they had back in Italy. These places became a hub to those rich and poor, seeking relaxation as well as luxury. From political leaders to commoners, any could come to the baths and enjoy. Thieving, though, was rampant and if you couldn't afford a slave to watch over your belongings, they would likely be taken. A part of the museum showed us the notes found in the bath, asking the goddess to put a curse on those they suspected of stealing their precious items. As we left the bath museum, we headed straight to the Fashion Museum where we looked at all different types of garments and dresses from every notable era, from the first century A.D. up to 2012. It was a quick little go-see but we definitely enjoyed looking at them and discussing them. At the end, you can even play dress up in some of the costumes of the eighteenth century.

Next up was to take pictures at the Royal Crescent in the central part of Bath. We found that it was actually a private residence, and we wondered who lived there. Though we couldn't fully access it, we stood at one end and I realized how overrated the whole Crescent was. It was much grander in pictures...

Time for lunch! I researched a unique, quaint, farmhouse-like restaurant in Bath called Hall & Woodhouse. We stopped just in time, my feet were dying and we were happy to finally rest up and enjoy a meal. After lunch, we hopped back on the train to London, were we indulged in a glass of wine at the lobby bar. All in all, it was an action packed day, but definitely a highlight of the trip.
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