Big Bath

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Bath, England, United Kingdom
We went on a guided walking tour of Bath this morning. These are offered, free of charge, by the city and are called the Mayor's tour. Our guide, Andrew, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject - the history of Georgian Bath. We learned the ancient history, which we had seen evidence of the day before, but also the Georgian and 20th century history as well. the tour took two hours and took us through the original Roman and Georgian town as well as up the hill to Upper Bath where the grand terraces of the Circus (Three sections of houses surrounding a round common and based on the Colosseum in Rome), and the Royal Crescent are located. We would highly recommend this tour to any visitor to this beautiful city. After the tour we stopped at Cafe Rouge for a bowl of french onion soup to recharge our batteries.  
Our next tour was of the completely restored and furnished No .1 Royal Crescent. This shows exactly how the upper classes spent the season (Oct. to April) in Bath in the 18th century. None of these homes were owned by the occupants but just rented for the season. The rooms are exquisitely decorated in this house museum, and we enjoyed the tour very much.  
We whiled away the rest of the day window shopping, antiquing and just enjoying the sunny afternoon. Our late afternoon pint stop (this is getting to be a habit) was at a popular bar and restaurant called the Slug and Lettuce. This is now the favorite of the pub names that we have come across.
We had a late dinner at a french restaurant called Bistro Pierre on George St., which was wonderful, before heading up the hill to the guest house.
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