After breakfast, we toured the usual sites. First was the Royal Crescent since it was uphill and the furthest away. The weather forecast was for cloud with sunny intervals so we thought we’d take advantage of the lack of rain. The Royal Crescent is Georgian style, called Palladian outside of the UK, and built with the local sandstone. The uniformity makes it very attractive much like New Town in Edinburgh.
From there, we walked to the northeast corner of the city to look at a glass blowing shop called Bath Theatre of Glass since you can watch the glassblowers at work.
I didn’t buy a paperweight to add to my collection since I didn’t want to lug around a heavy lump of glass. We went up a steep set of stairs to get to George Street. It looked a bit like Edinburgh closes.
We were trying to get to the Museum of Bath at Work which shows the restoration of a number of Bath’s historic buildings, but the museum is only open Saturday to Mondays — oops. So we walked downhill towards the Abbey. Since we were so warm walking around, Scott decided he wanted to have lunch outside. We wandered up and down a number of side streets looking for a suitable spot. Most outdoor seating were at places which didn’t serve alcohol. Of course, that wasn’t acceptable. We finally found a place near the Abbey.
And of course, the sun disappeared behind some clouds as we were eating lunch and Scott was getting cold. After lunch, we looked at Bath Abbey with it’s Gothic fan vaulting on the ceiling. You can also go up the tower but there was no way I was doing that.
The admission to the Abbey includes admission to the historic vaults which show excavated parts and building bits from the original and successive abbeys with a number of interpretive stations describing its history.
More Bath history followed as we toured the Roman baths. The building around the ancient baths have been recently redone to provide close up view of the various baths, some excavated as recently as 1983 and lots of explanation about the history and engineering involved in making the baths useable by the ancient Romans. A free audio guide was offered but we didn’t take one and found there was plenty of information presented.
After Scott bought a fleece top, we walked across the Pulteney Bridge which crosses the River Avon and is a bit like Ponte Vecchio in Florence as it’s lined with shops. Since Scott had bought himself a warm shirt, the sun came out and soon we were sweating again. We crossed back on the North Parade Bridge which gave us a good view of the Pulteney Bridge and the weir on the river.
We returned to our hotel to put our feet up and recharge my camera battery which had died.
We wanted curry for dinner and asked Adam at the hotel reception for a good Thai or Indian place but he suggested a Nepalese restaurant as a third option. Never having tried Nepalese, we went to Yak Yeti Yak. We tried a chicken and a beef spiced dish with a spinach and watercress vegetable dish and rice and dal. The descriptions sounded rather Indian but the flavour was much milder, still tasty and not heavy.