Monday, 19 October 2015

Final Day of Bath Jane Austen Tour

On the final day of "The Life and Times of Jane Austen" Tour, we visited the magnificent American Museum in Bath.

This beautiful museum houses a wonderful collection of antique American quilts, more than forty of which are on direct display to visitors through an amazing compactus system. 

We were all amazed at the beauty of an original Baltimore Appliqué quilt of twenty five superb blocks.  It was so large it was difficult to photograph.

A treasure trove of quilts:

Of course my favourite quilt was an English paper pieced hexagon beauty:

There were many more quilts to admire:



The Museum also houses some gorgeous "room" exhibits demonstrating the furnishings associated with a particular time or place in American history.  This room is from the late 1700s.

There were some beautiful samplers on the walls.

On our final night in Bath, Helen Bertram pulled out all the stops.  We had the entire ancient Roman Bath complex in Bath all to ourselves!  We were entertained by two hilarious actors: a stone mason and a Roman centurion.

The Baths and the Abbey looked spectacular lit up against the night sky.

Our final dinner together was very special - a divine three course meal served at a private dining table overlooking the baths.

It was a lovely time for speeches and presentations.

Here is our happy group.

Unfortunately, all good things do come to an end .  After breakfast the next morning we all went our separate ways, but with many wonderful memories of the trip of a lifetime!  Thank you again Helen Bertram for inviting me to join you on this fabulous tour and thank you to all the participants for your company, humour and sense of fun.

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