And So To Bath

We spent a few days in Bath where we met up with Lindsey's sister and brother-in-law. Neither of us was familar with the city and we were looking forward to enjoying the history, the architecture and some interesting shops. We weren't disappointed.

On our first day we left the excellent veggie guest house and headed to the Royal Crescent and then on to The Circus.
Royal Crescent
Part of The Circus
Aerial photo of Royal Crescent and The Circus
Then wandering around the historic streets filled with independent shops and over the unique Pulteney Bridge with its lovely little shops all the way along - an English Ponte Vecchio!
Pulteney Bridge
Interesting little shops along Pulteney Bridge
After lunch in the lovely Shoon cafe on Union Street we spent some time admiring the Abbey, a fine Gothic building and a cathedral in all but name.
Bath Abbey from the west
The magnificent west window - the sculptures on the left and right are angels climbing Jacob's Ladder

The east window

The ceiling with its fan vaulting

The west window

And finally a gentle hour spent browsing the books in Topping and Co, a huge bookshop at the top of the city. The staff provided a cafetiere for us as we wandered around which was a nice touch.
Part of Topping and Co's stock

The following morning was spent strolling round the narrow streets browsing and buying some fine things before lunch and farewell.

We both enjoyed Bath - as we thought we would - and we've already decided to go back in a few months. Lindsey spotted that School For Scandal is on at the Theatre Royal and we've already booked seats and overnight accommodation.