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Rambling Through Bath

Clarisse from Rambling Muse shares her thoughts on Bath, a town in the UK, in today's guest post.

In my mature age of almost thirty, I have realized that travels are rarely defined by the sights we see. As such, when I wander about, I usually try to gather something pertinent to my own personal growth rather than tick all the boxes provided by the tourism industry. Nothing illustrates the above more than my visit to Bath where, from the start, I claimed myself ready to see everything except for the attraction the locale is most famous for: its Roman Baths.

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Now, to be fair, I had caught a glimpse of them in a previous foray into the British countryside and academically concluded that one Roman ruin equals another Roman ruin, which is equivalent to a third, fourth and fifth and many more. I know that the aforementioned generalization will probably justifiably land me in trouble, but having been subjected to countless amphitheatres and crumbling statues, I yawn. Lest you think I discriminate against my European Greco-Roman heritage, know that I am equally not a fan of churches and apply the above logic to them as well. Big and heavy doors, great and detailed windows with a central aisle and general sense of foreboding: been there and done that.

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But back to Bath. It's hard to define exactly why Bath spoke to me so. It's cute and doesn't have the post-industrial sense of neglect that a lot of smaller British towns suffer from. It's also a place that, while obviously benefiting from the financial reaps of tourism, feels like a proper town with businesses separate from the above. Oh, and the weather was glorious, which, if you are a sun-deprived Londoner like me, will pretty much affect the way you perceive everything. If you are British and don't feel the cold, it means that you will wear summer attire irrelevant of the outside temperatures.

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Being a foodie, my friend took me to see the famous cheese shop. We then went to the equally interesting sausage shop, which had an unrivaled and slightly overwhelming selection. And then we arrived at the Royal Crescent: a glorious row of thirty Georgian houses with sweeping views of the city and a park in front. With sunbathers all around it in spite of the relatively wintry conditions, Bath taught me that while Romans may not do it for me, the Brits do impress me every once in a while...both with their architectural prowess as well as their immunity to the cold.

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Bio: Clarisse is the founder of Ramblingmuse.com, a website featuring travel stories, recipes, food reviews, snarky charts as well as videos all centered around the bon vivant lifestyle. For more travel tips and lifestyle musings, visit Clarisse at Ramblingmuse.com. Follow Clarisse on Twitter @FlutteringMuse and on Facebook.

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Arianwen

Bath is a beautiful city. It took me years of living in London to venture there for a day trip, and it was so worth it – even if I did get delayed on the train home, miss the last tube and wake up with a major headache the next morning!

Clarisse from Ramblingmuse.com

@Jennifer: Glad to have a fellow sausage enthusiast!

@Just one Boomer: Well, who knows the Baths could be for next time!

@Nathasha: Lucky you!!! 🙂

@Lisa: OMG the weather is so bad this year, I would go back to that day in Bath any time.

Lisa

I really loved Bath, though I particularly enjoyed the Roman bath ruins that you didn’t see. I understand your love of of the sunshine and walking. We have enough cold here in Budapest to last me a lifetime.

Natasha von Geldern

Lovely post on Bath. I’ve been there several times over the years. Once I stayed with a family who lived in Lansdowne Crescent – in the bedroom right at the top of the house, what a view! And another time I went to the Jane Austen festival and attended a ball at the Assembly Rooms in full Regency Costume. Yeah, I really like Bath 🙂

Just One Boomer (Suzanne)
To each his/her own. No reason for you to go to the Roman Baths — even in Bath — if you don’t want to. Having said that, I must say that I found it one of the more interesting Roman ruins I’ve visited (and I’ve been to Rome!). I think it’s because there was still water and one could imagine a Roman soldier, far from home, in damp, cold Britain, being thankful for the warm (hot even) water. I’m from the U.S., but I lived 20 miles from Bath for a year when I was in the 5th form when… Read more »
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