I am a very curious person. And after living in England for about 3 years, I truly believe that I haven't made the most of it. But that is an entirely new post (which you can keep your eye open for). So, a few months ago, around the same time as I started working full time. I decided to change that. I decided that I needed to make the most of my free time. I decided that I should travel more.
At first I thought it was going to be very challenging and that I had for sure set myself for failure. As most people do, I tend to relate travelling with big journeys around the world. That will take months or even years to accomplish. Trips have always seem way out of my budget. And yes, I would love to be able to drop everything and go on a big adventure. However, at the moment I really have to focus on my career. I've just graduated and getting experience is my number one priority. Therefore, it is impossible, or better improbable, that I will be able to do any long travels in the near future.
My solution was to start small. Which, obviously, included exploring all the cute places in England! I am very lucky and throughout uni I met the most amazing people from all over the UK. One of them being one of my closest friends, whom I lived with during my final year at university. She is from Bath. A lovely town in the South of England. It seemed like the perfect place to start my small trips. It was meant to be.
Bath is located in the countryside of Southwest England, very close to Bristol. It is mostly known for the famous Roman Baths and its natural picturesque landscapes. These are remarkably recognized due to its 18th-century Gregorian architecture and usage of the honey coloured Bath Stone.
I went to meet my friend straight from work. I took the 1h 30m train and was there right on time for tea. The of us caught up with each other, since we hand't seen each other in a while, that night and we were ready to explore the next morning!
We began by going to the Royal Crescent. Which may I say it's everything you would expect it to be. Especially if you are like me and like to watch hours on end of historical period dramas. The Crescent is made of 30 townhouses, it was designed by John Wood, the younger. Currently it is used for the No1 Royal Crescent, a museum owned by the Bath Preservation Trust. This museum shows you the Gregorian lifestyle in these town houses - unfortunately we didn't manage to go in as our priority was the Roman Baths.
We walked through the Royal Victoria Park on our way to the Circus, which was designed by John Wood, the Elder. The Circus is a famous circle of townhouses, all made from the Bath stone. It's architecture is impressive, it uses all three Classical orders in the curved facades. From there we walked towards the Assembly Rooms, these were also designed by John Wood, the Younger. With the purpose of dance and music the Assembly Rooms are now a tourist attraction. Yet, they can still be hired for private events - which I find amazing since that was always their purpose.
We then walked down towards Milsom Street. There we were lucky enough to catch a bit of sunshine whilst we listen to the coolest guy going at it on the saxophone. I quicly found that I could literally point the camera anywhere and I would get a cute shot. As Bath is just a very adorable city. After enjoying a few songs we carried on walking towards Green Street. There I found the cutest independent shops ever. That particular street reminded me of Brighton's Lanes. It is a definitely a good shopping spot if you enjoy unique, modern pieces.
We then reached the entrance for the Roman Baths that is right next to the Bath Abbey Courtyard. The queue for the Roman Baths was massive as it was a saturday. We decided to wonder around the Courtyard and then the Parade Gardens. These are definitely impressive. If I haven't sold Bath to you yet these gardens will. The grass and flowers were all so vivid and alive. The architecture and layout of the gardens fitted perfectly with the rest of the city but the colourful flowers were a nice contrast to the Bath stone. In these gardens you also have the best view of the Pulteney Bridge and Weir. One of Bath's biggest attractions!
It was lunch time and we walked back to the center to find a place to eat. After lunch it was time to queue for the Roman Baths. Sadly it started to rain again when we went in so the outside section was closed. But we still did the rest of the tour which was very interesting and got to see the hot baths. You can't touch the waters but there's no need. They are so warm you can see the steam coming out of them. Through the tour you learn about the purposes of the baths and how they used the spa facilities. Although, the visit is a bit pricy I would definitely recommend everyone to do the Roman Baths!
For the rest of the day we wondered around Great Pulteney Street and The Guildhall Market.
On Sunday, we started by having a very lazy morning - as all sunday's should start. To then began our adventure for that day. We went to the village of Lacock, Wiltshire. Lacock is mostly known for it's Abbey. It was founded in the early 13th century by Ela, Countess of Salisbury. And has now been set for many different movies, including the Harry Potter saga.
The village it self is just absolutely adorable. With loads of cute shops and handmade products being sold from people's windowsill. I highly recommend you to take a morning or afternoon to visit this village - especially if you are in the area!