So, I’m a bit of a Jane Austen nerd and, therefore, I go all funny whenever I find myself in a place that she once roamed. I was lucky enough to go to Bath this week and I got to see some of the places that were mentioned in Northanger Abbey.
My heart skipped a beat when I first spotted the beautiful Pump House where the Bath socialites did their schmoozing back in the day. It still looks incredibly grand, with silver service waiting staff gliding around and a giant chandelier dominating the room.
We also went into the Roman Baths which was the most amazing experience. You can’t actually swim in there anymore, but you can drink the water. The people of Austen’s time would travel to Bath specifically to ‘take the water’ to cure them of all kinds of ailments.
I feel like I’ll have to go to Bath again to search out all the independent bookstores. And then I need to return to Bristol so that I can sample to arty nightlife. The city is famous for its open mic poetry nights and I’d love to go and meet some of the talented people that hang around there.
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How exciting, Rachel! That’s exactly how I felt when I visited Agatha Christie’s home in Torquay. What a lovely experience that was, and it was really inspiring, too. So glad for you that you had that chance.
OMG, I am going to have to go to Torquay now. If COVID has been good for one thing, it has meant that I have really started exploring the UK – and I love a good whodunnit!
Smelly Socks and Garden Peas
Love it! I can’t visit Bath without feeling all the Anne Elliot vibes.