Saturday, January 28, 2012

Onwards to Bath

Our two day trip to Bath began with another early morning cross country train trip. This one was due to be an extra 40 minutes or so longer than the Brighton one so we were relieved to find that we had a nicer train with a table and comfy seats. Pip and I had a good laugh on the way and as usual, I got a bit too excited and she threatened to kick me off at Swindon.
Pip patiently waits on the train.
Pip patiently dances on the train.
The train pulled up to the Bath train station and we emerged from the station onto a bridge which took us to the south side of the river, here we found a wee cafe where we stopped in for a cup of tea (Yes tea not coffee, we had a coffee at Paddington station and didn’t want to over caffeinate).

The bridge leading out from the Bath train station.
Pip is happy to be in a cafe.
Tea bag English Breakfast tea.
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Walking around suburban Bath

We decided to just walk around that area for a while which meant we initially saw less touristy areas of Bath. At the time it led us to wonder what was so great about the city, so we took photo’s of things which were not half as exciting as what we’d see later on. Although we did find a spot with a fantastic view over the whole city.

When we reached the river, it was time for our eyes to be fed the gorgeous sights that we had come 

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Exploring Bath

After taking a few hundred photo’s each (most of them of the same things as each other), we wandered up to Pulteney Bridge for some more pix, to scout out some things to do for the next day, and for a bit of lunch. The cafe was on the edge of the bridge so the view out the window was beautiful, the experience was less so. I'm not a big fan of English people making English breakfasts because they never come out as good as they read on the menu. We got our meals ahead of another couple who were there long before us. Plus we got their vegetarian meals, which made it awkward when we got ours missing meat and they still hadn’t got theirs. Underwhelmed but with full belly’s, we ventured back outside to find that the sun had come out and Bath was bathed in beautiful sunshine that reflected brilliantly off all the buildings and the water. Time for a few hundred more photos.

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Reaching the Cranleigh

By about 2pm we decided that we’d better leave some sightseeing for the next day so we started the journey to the Cranleigh where we were staying. It took us 40 minutes to walk there and we were quite tired on arrival so had our fingers crossed that it would indeed be worth it.

It was, the staff were lovely and I’m sure we had the honeymoon suite. The afternoon consisted of tea and biscuits by the window and just enjoying the wonderful room that we were fortunate enough to get. It was a lovely Victorian room with details spilling their class out over the entire space. From the furniture in the window overlooking the beautiful hillside, the fireplace and it's vintage sewing machine, to the bed with its towering pillars at each corner and soft fabric dropping across the hectares of white soft sheets that could swallow us both up.

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