Happy New Year! + Mini-break in Bath

Hello, lovely readers!

I hope you’re having a splendid day, and 2018 is going well for you so far. Have you thought about what you’d like to achieve this year?

IMG_3811Me, I want to read more and travel more and exercise more – the usual. Most of all, I want to write more. As well as my usual yearly chick-lit novel, I’d like to write a Christmassy story, a short story + use this blog a lot more so watch this space!

I hope your Christmas was lovely. Mine was busy but good.

Between Christmas and New Year, my hubby and I went to Bath for a mini-break and I wanted to (a) share a little about it with you because it was WONDERFUL and (b) recommend it as a place to visit, if you’ve never been.

Two days in Bath, UK

We chose Bath, simply because we love it. We’ve been there a bunch of times and it’s one of my favourite UK cities. There’s tonnes of history (literally over 2000 years of it at the Roman Baths), plus it has a connection to Jane Austen (whom I adore) – two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, are partly set in Bath AND she lived there herself for a number of years. The Jane Austen centre on Gay Street is well worth a visit, if you’re a fan.

I think the thing I like best about Bath, is that if you took away the cars and replaced with them with horses and carriages, it’d be as if nothing had changed in 200 years. The buildings – in a golden stone – are some of the best architecture I’ve had the pleasure to gaze up at.

If you’ve never been, I recommend you stroll through the Royal Crescent, and then onto the Circus… then through Milsom Street and to the shopping area for a browse… then to the Abbey… and then walk along the river. Just lovely.

As well as walking around gazing at the buildings, there’s plenty to do – like visiting the Roman Baths (so interesting), the Assembly Rooms, the spa, theatre, and more.IMG_5166

My absolute favourite thing in Bath is The Pump Room – again, you’ll have heard of this if you’re an Austen fan. It’s a large beautiful room, with a high ceiling and huge windows, providing lots of light. Live classical music adds to a great atmosphere. The service is wonderful. The food is outstanding.

This time, we went for traditional British afternoon tea (and they did some great vegetarian substitutions for us). I’ve had a lot of afternoon tea’s … this was the best.

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Hotel-wise, we stayed at The Bath House – a great B&B with a four poster-bed, huge bath, great service and breakfast served in our room. Highly recommend it – and just a short walk from all the places listed above.

So, there you go – my write up of my Bath mini-break. If you’re looking for a few days away in the UK, it’s a must.

 

Wishing you a fabulous 2018 – let’s make it awesome!

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