In 2007 I had the good fortune to return to Bath.
One day is not long enough to do justice to this beautiful city, but we managed to pack in quite a bit nonetheless!
Because I had visited before there were some things I did not need to revisit (ie the Roman Baths - which was just as well,
since the line to get in this time was horrendous!)
This time around I wanted to focus on Jane Austen.
I felt like Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey...
"They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; - her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel. She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already".
Although, Jane, sadly, did not feel the same way about Bath in this letter from 1796:
"Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted."
Despite her own feelings about Bath, Jane was able to give two of her characters happy times and love in Bath -
Anne Eliot & Catherine Morland have much fonder memories of Bath, than Jane.
|And it all happens right here!|
|Bath Abbey is beautiful - in any season -|
|- from any angle - no matter the era.|
|The Royal Crescent features in Persuasion & Northanger Abbey|
|For any devout Janeite a visit to Bath would not be complete without a stop at the Jane Austen Centre.|
|However, one of the joys of visiting Bath in modern times are the new hot baths springing (pun intended!) up everywhere.|
We spent a couple of glorious, soothing, cleansing hours at Thermae Bath Spa.
The perfect way to end a busy day of tramping through the cold, dusty streets of Bath.
(We didn't take any photos inside the Spa - too busy relaxing and enjoying ourselves!
But click on the link above to see just how gorgeous it is - heated roof top pool, scented sauna's - amazing!)
As Catherine Morland discovered in Northanger Abbey
"Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?"