The first thing you’ll notice about the city of Bath is that all the buildings in the entire city are the same colour.
It’s a really novel experience, like you’ve stepped into some fairytale village.
You’ll get an idea from the photos in this post (and the next). They’re all a creamy tan colour, sporting dark brown roofs, just like this pretty cottage we stayed in.
Piers wanted to take me somewhere nice for my last weekend in England, so he booked a night in Garston Cottage, a Bed and Breakfast situated about 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
It houses about six rooms, with a shared living room and dining area. Really lovely. We got a bedroom with attached bathroom for £60 a night.
The shared space is really warm and cosy but I don’t think anyone really hangs out there. Guests would most likely be out catching the pretty sights in the city.
You don’t see any guests or even the owners of the house until breakfast time, when everyone eats a hearty home cooked breakfast at the table together (cereal, fruit salad and full English breakfast).
When I first saw our bedroom, I wondered why there were so many beds. We had four bed spaces.
“Are we expecting company?” I asked Piers.
But he didn’t reply because he was already fast asleep on one of the beds after a two-hour drive early in the morning.
I’m kidding. He didn’t really fall asleep. He very diligently started reading brochures in order to plan our day in Bath.
What he really said was, “Only the best for my princess.”
He had gotten us the biggest room in the house!
Okay, he didn’t really say those exact words. I can’t remember what he said, actually, but he can be very sweet. When he’s not being naughty and pretending to be mean. Which can be quite often.
Love the little towel elephants on the beds!
You can see one beside Piers in the above photo but I think he mangled it up a bit while lying there.
Or maybe I was the one who did it.
It was a really nice room. Wished I could lounge around in it all day, but then we had to go sightseeing and look at mouldy old Roman baths. And I had to find out what the fuss was about the city of Bath.
Many people had told me I MUST visit Bath and many people turned out to be right.
Bath is so beautiful!
Although, actually, our first two hours was a bit shocking because the first four people we encountered in a row were quite rude!
First was someone from Garston Cottage. Dunno the owner or someone. He had just come out of the “office” next to the living room when we were just about to leave the cottage and were figuring out where the bus stop was.
Piers said hi to him and he just kinda grunted a reply. Piers then asked where the bus stop was and he kinda said a bit curtly, “Down the road.”
But then he said something about losing a wallet, and he was kinda like looking for stuff, and Piers said he was on the phone or something, so I suppose that’s forgivable.
Bus driver. I said hi to him but he didn’t respond and didn’t even smile back!
The bus drivers I met in Bournemouth always said hi and smiled even before I did. =(
By the way, bus stops in Bath are really cute!
On our way into the city centre on the bus, we passed by an Apple shop, so we quickly got off the bus so Piers could ask if they had any iPad 2s.
The guy in the shop was really unfriendly and haughty! He was, like, “There’s no way you can get an iPad 2 now.”
So different from the guys in the Bournemouth town centre Apple shop. We went in there many days consecutively asking for the iPad 2 and they never once got impatient with us.
We had lunch at this rowdy pub and when we were served our food, Piers helped me ask if they had sweet chilli sauce and the waiter just curtly said, “No,” and walked away.
They had food items on the menu accompanied by sweet chilli sauce and I had thought it would be nice to get some for my fries.
Anyway, we had a lousy lunch because the food wasn’t so good and the table next to us was so noisy. These three women and a man were half-drunk and laughing and talking too loud.
Luckily, all these mean people were consolidated in our first two hours. Thereafter, everyone else we met were nice, so that made it easy for me to forgive the city and write the first two hours off as a fluke.
Okay, I had planned to do the entire Bath in one post, but it’s getting so long already and I haven’t even really started on the attractions. LOL. Have to do it in the next post cos I have loads more photos!
Here are just a few more random ones to wrap up.
The view outside our window:
Around the neighbourhood:
First views of the city centre:
Roman baths in the next post, and more creamy tan buildings!