Now I've visited Bath, its hard for me to understand why I've never visited Bath. It has all the magic of Roman architecture whilst maintaining the quintessentially Brittish atmosphere I crave from everywhere that isn't my home country. We came here as an anniversary gift from my wonderful in laws that we've been a little late to take up, but one night in this city has left us planning our return. Trying to put into words the atmosphere isn't easy, but I will give it a go in my blind city guide, from the perspective of someone who has never visited before.
There is something about being on holiday that turns breakfast into the most important meal of the day for me. I don't know what it is, I just LOVE going out for breakfast. So our first day we upkeep a long standing family tradition of Macdonalds on the way, then had second breakfast at lunch time at the amazing Boston Tea Party, which was happily situated right beside our accommodation. It is actually part of a franchise, but the decor, food and service was second to none. Not to mention the incredible venue, flooded with light from the huge windows and glass roof, filled with plant life and the buzz of city dwellers. I had the best eggs Royale I've ever tasted (and believe you me, I've tasted a lot of Eggs Royale in my time) and devoured my Pancakes and bacon at the same rate the following morning.
Limestone buildings, cobbled streets, an insanely talented array of buskers, cold air and beautiful window displays. The buzz of city life without the intensity and hurried atmosphere of cities like London and Paris. Architecture that makes you r neck hurt from looking up on every corner. corridors and street corners, hidden bookshops and coffee shops. The city of Bath is not only beautiful, it is alive in a way I have never experienced. Even the array of high end chain stores you are used to seeing in every city you visit have something different, an extra bit of attention to detail, a feeling of being independent from the rest. I've always loved the cities of my home, Oxfords wealth of academic history, the adorable and mismatched architecture of York, but Bath has floored them for me. The luxury that comes with the wealth and grandeur it exudes, whilst maintaining an indescribable small town feeling. We Stopped off at the wonderful Society Cafe, which was a tiny hub of creativity, walls decorated in work by local photographers and artist, stacks of books and magazines on art, photography, culture and poetry and their very own society Cafe Newspaper.
A slice of ancient Italian architecture right in the heart of England - could you think of anything more perfect? The museum itself is fascinating, if not a little long winded, but it is worth every penny to see this coming together of natural phenomena and man made beauty. It is a true masterpiece and a huge part of our heritage - not to mention the true feelings of decadence and the ability to get lost in the surroundings and imagine it as a centre of the Roman lifestyle.
Jamie and I always choose to go with Air Bnb when we go for city breaks, so we were delighted when Jamie's parents chose a beautiful air bnb right in the centre of the city, just off the main high street. Air bnb makes you feel like a local, you can pretend for a few days that you are at home in the city, and this particular apartment was truly perfect. Chic modern decor, immaculate cleanliness and the my favourite part, the view. We overlooked rows and rows of rooftops, stacked on top of eachother into the distance, the cathedral painting the skyline beautifully.
I know I will be dreaming of Bath for a long time and returning very soon - until then check in again soon when my Australia Posts begin! We're currently in Brisbane and the surrounding areas and I will be keeping record here on my blog. In the meantime, check out my social media and share this post with anyone who you think might love it!