Since I retired, I've said that I should see more of my own country, so I took a two day break in Bath. The weather wasn't hot, but it was pleasant. As usual I rode the hop-on hop-off bus route(s) to get an idea of the layout of the town and see some of the sights. Then I went sightseeing on foot. Bath is a beautiful city and there are, apparently, 6,000 Georgian houses there. They are all built of Bath stone and all buildings in the city must still be built of it. It's a city well worth visiting.
1 September. It was warm enough in the afternoon to stroll about in shirt sleeves. I arrived around one and after checking in, I strolled the five minutes into Bath, over the Pulteney Bridge. First I took the hop-on hop-off bus City route. Then it was into the Roman Baths. This was really interesting and deep in the bowels of the building, you can see the hot water pouring through the Roman pipes and under the building to the pools.
2 September. First thing was a visit to Bath Abbey. This is the third building on the site and was completed around 1156. There is an interesting ceiling and some beautiful stained glass windows. After that I took the Skyline hop-on hop-off route. This went to the outskirts and you could see Bath from a different perspective. I saw where the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal meet. Then I took a river cruise along the Avon to Bathampton Weir and back. A short stoll from the town centre is the most famous of Bath's 11 crescents, the Royal Crescent. Then on my way back into town I visited the Assembly Rooms. The chandeliers here are supposed to be the finest of their era in Europe. Returning to the hotel, I visited the small Holburne Museum, which is a two minute walk away.
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