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"i could never be sick of Bath...."

I am in Bath! And it's one of the loveliest towns I've ever seen. We are staying in a very, very fancy hotel (all paid for by the British Tourist Board, thank God for journalism), and tomorrow we are off to a small Cotswolds village where we will stay in an even fancier hotel before going down to Cornwall. We were meant to be going over to Yorkshire first, but the British Travel lady convinced me on Friday that there wouldn't be time, and seeing as it took us six hours to drive here from the ferry terminal in Wales yesterday, I'm glad. So anyway, I'm wandering around with my head full of Northanger Abbey like the big geek I am, and visiting all the places mentioned in it. I even had tea in the Pump Room! Proof of my eternal uncoolness, despite my hipster pretentions.

By the way, Bath has the most amazing second hand book shops. Just this morning I found about four out-of-print books which I've been seeking for ages (no A. Forest, alas, although I've looked everywhere).


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Sep. 2nd, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
As nobody ever said: when a young lady is tired of Bath, she's tired of life. And I do remember it being very pretty, though I haven't been there since I was about ten, when I hadn't read any Austen, and didn't appreciate the meaning of tea in the Pump Room.
Sep. 2nd, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
Well if we're in geek mode...

What about Anne Elliot in Persuasion, who was "dreading the possible heats of September in all the white glare of Bath [it was still a very new city then], and grieving to forego all the influence so sweet and so sad of the autumnal months in the country".

Austen also stopped writing after her forced move to Bath with her parents. But yes, I've always had a longing to see the Pump Room myself.
Sep. 2nd, 2003 04:33 pm (UTC)
A very fond souvenir of mine from Bath is a chunky coffee mug, with a gorgon's head medallion (apparently, contemplating the gorgon was a necessary part of the healing that took place at the spring in Roman times).

I want to go again, visit the Bath Springs museum and have a nice long visit at the modern spa....

Crazy(as well as just a general wander-around, eh?)Soph
Sep. 4th, 2003 01:51 am (UTC)
Go to the costume museum! It's wonderful too.

(in my blurry, eleven-year-old's memory, that is.)
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