Thursday, 1 October 2015
Free Time and Special Events in Bath
This morning during free time, I decided to have a stroll through Bath and visit some interesting places.
This is the beautiful Pulteney Bridge which crosses the River Avon. It was completed in 1774.
I did not expect to see many flowers at this time of year but they have been spectacular. Here are some flower beds in Royal Victoria Park in Bath.
From here you get an amazing view of The Royal Crescent.
Number 1 Royal Crescent is now a Museum, set up as a Georgian town house would have been in the late nineteenth century. Every room houses exquisite furniture, paintings and textiles. It brought this period to life, when Jane Austen was living in Bath.
There are four levels to the house. The ground floor contained a breakfast/writing room, a study and dining room.
Here is the formal dining room on the ground floor.
This beautiful drawing/music room was on the second level.
This is the bedroom for the lady of the house.
Note her sewing cabinet.
This is a medicine cabinet for the master's bedroom on the third floor.
Looking down the stairs. It is a long way down.
On the bottom floor was the kitchen and servants' quarters.
Later that day I met up with the other people on our tour for a guided talk around Bath Abbey. The ceilings and stained glass were remarkable. It was very special to be there during prayer time.
This was followed by two very special events. First was high tea in The Grand Pump Room in the Abbey Church Yard. It was gorgeous to take tea where Jane Austen had been.
Here is our team at a long table.
Here are Judy, Anne and Graham about to indulge in all the goodies.
The second event was a Jane Austen performance by Kim Hicks entitled "Courtship". She was absolutely sensational. Her impersonation of Miss Bates from "Emma" was just spot-on and hilarious.
It has been another incredible day.