Monthly Archives: June 2012

bath spa

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“Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in the south west of England. It is situated 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. The population of the city is 83,992. The city was first established as a spa by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43), although verbal tradition suggests that Bath was known before then. They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs. Edgar was crowned king of England at Bath Abbey in 973. Much later, it became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, which led to a major expansion that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone.”   Wikipedia. 

Now let me guide you around this amazing city through my very own eyes, this is actually my second visit to date, I love revisiting places I’ve been to as there will always be some hidden nook and cranny which I might have missed. My other half remarked how I’m beginning to resemble a British Tourism Board staff these days, but I beg to differ, as I view things through my Eastern eyes, not necessarily encompassing everything that might interest a Westerner. Does that make any sense? Right, enough of my chattering I think, let’s begin, shall we? I’ve chosen some of the highlights from my recent visit to share with you here, obviously I have plenty of images altogether as I just love taking photos especially of wonderful historical places such as Bath.  Hope you’ll like them!

Sally Lunn’s, the oldest house in Bath

my kind of shops

can’t resist this!

hungry!

Roman guard

roman bath museum

street musician at the square outside Bath Abbey

don’t forget to feed the pigeons!

bath for the Royals

open top bus to take it all in

horse carriage ride like jane austen

we prefer to walk!

 

outside the cathedral

my favourite stall at the market

coffee anyone?

or some teaset perhaps?

we do have a sweet tooth!

Pulteney Bridge, major tourist spot

view from the bridge

The Circus, an example of Georgian architecture, begun in 1754 and completed in 1768

at the ‘circus’

The Royal Crescent, a residential road of 30 houses laid out in a crescent built between 1767 and 1774.

georgian architecture, typical in Bath

georgian garden

lower slaughter

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“The landscape belongs to those who look at it.”      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finally, as promised, my visit to the next Cotswolds village on my list, Lower Slaughter. Unlike Bourton on the Water, this little village is not teemed with quaint shops selling lovely trinkets. Nonetheless, it’s still swarmed with tourists all year-long, simply for its breathtaking beauty. It has the River Eye running through it, and many limestone cottages (a trademark of Cotswolds architecture). I just love walking down the river and taking in the beautiful scenery, very green and tranquil indeed. Another highlight of this village is an old water-mill, which adds to the overall picturesque view. What else can I say, certainly nature at one of its very best, praise be to God for such beauty in this corner of the world! Do pop by if you happen to pass through, a must especially for those who love nature. Take a leisurely stroll, plenty of deep breaths and just take it all in, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully refreshed you feel afterwards! This time around I was busy taking photos for my blog of course, I had to remind myself to put the camera away after a while to enjoy my walk to the fullest. Alhamdulillah, I also feel a lot better now, I was feeling a bit down for the past week from missing my beloved family who’s returned to my homeland. But life goes on as they say, and I shall treasure the sweet memories for always, after all meeting/parting with those you love (both in life and death) is part and parcel of this temporal existence. Right, enough of my chattering, I’ll let you get on and enjoy the pictures below. Till we meet again in my next entry, all being well, cheerio!