June 27th – 29th 2010
I only came to Bath when Evelyn’s house mate recommended it to me. I heard it was a small pretty town, about 3.5 hours from London by bus. It was also a UNESCO World Heritage and so far, I have not been disappointed by any towns labelled as such.
Bath was small enough to walk from end to end (at least centrally, where everything was located) in a matter of an hour or two. I liked how everything was so close. My hostel was St. Christophers Inn, located above the Belushi’s Bar. Unlike most hostels which have their own reception, reception here is at the bar itself. I can’t say any more good things about how convenient everything was about this city. Living upstairs in clean, comfortable rooms, fast internet accessible everywhere, clean showers/toilets, the sound of seagulls to wake one up in the mornings, watching the World Cup downstairs at the bar (cheap beer, good food, super friendly staff), supermarket across the street, parks everywhere to sit out in the sun to read, little shops to walk past, and how everything is so pretty. When I like a place, I like a place. One night became three nights.
With few attractions in town, I got to explore the town more without feeling overwhelmed. I went to see the world famous Roman Baths (I suppose the town was named after this). The Romans came and built a huge bath house a little before I was born (something like 76 AD), and what remained was excavated in the 1800s and to this day, the pools, which are heated by the earth, are still there, bubbling and steaming away. (See Flickr for more pictures of the Roman Baths)
I have to mention a little place I ate at called “The Walrus and Carpenter”. It felt like a restaurant that would fit right into Austin. See the stained glass panel? That’s how I remember the name.
Very relaxing little city to chill out. I hope to find more treasures like this as I travel.