Bath

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We had a bank holiday weekend at the end of August, and I was just not prepared for summer fun to end, so… We went to Bath for the day and spent the night in London. Bath was lovely, and we had a nice wander around, but I must say my favorite part of the day was going to Thermae Spa. We bought the ‘Welcome‘ package that covers use of the pools and sauna for *only* 2 hours. But I mean, look at this pool!

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I’d forgotten how much I love swimming! Swimming is a central part of life in California (it’s our ‘air conditioning’ in the summer!), and I haven’t had the chance get in a pool since we moved to the UK. Back home, everywhere you turn there’s a pool or a hot tub. In college, my friends and I went hot tubbing almost every evening, but my British coworkers have informed me that sneaking into a hotel’s hot tub is a sin here. It made my day to float around for awhile, and even the smell of chlorine was comforting.

But I’m getting ahead of myself – first, we went to Pulteney Bridge for lunch.

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When he moved into his first apartment, Andrew bought a painting of this bridge at Home Goods, and we still have it in our dining room! It was nice seeing it in person.

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After lunch, we walked back to the town centre and saw Bath Abbey and the old Roman Baths.

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Bath Abbey

We didn’t go inside the Abbey, but we did pay to see the Roman Baths – because if you go to Bath, you kind of have to. To be honest, I wasn’t that interested in seeing them at first. Once we went inside though, I was glad we did. I was fascinated by how sophisticated the baths and steam rooms were. Those Romans knew a thing or two.

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This was built as an indoor pool, but now that it’s exposed to the sun, it’s apparently impossible to keep it from turning green.
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The Abbey as seen from the baths
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Fancy a swim in the pool lined with lead? lol

We didn’t do a Jane Austen tour, but we did pass by the Pump Room, which made me geek out a little. I generously shared my knowledge of Persuasion and society in the early 19th century with Andrew, who politely acted like he cared.

Bath was a great mini break, and conclusion to the summer. Now bring on autumn!

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