"Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?"
As most of you already know, I visited Bath before heading north into Scotland on our trip last month. Bath was amazing. Absolutely beautiful, very picturesque. It felt like I was in another time (when I ignored all the tourists milling about). The main reason for adding Bath to our (my) itinerary was to get a chance to visit a place that Jane Austen placed her characters in in a couple of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
The first day we were there we just walked around and took in the sights around our hotel. We had just flown in and taken the train from London so we were very tired and not too in the mood for Jane Austen sightseeing just yet. That didn't happen until after I visited the Jane Austen Centre and learned more about the areas she haunted and the places around town that are mentioned in her books.
With camera and my copy of Northanger Abbey in hand I set out to locate some of those places...
Catherine Morland walks down Pulteney Street where she has "comfortable lodgings" with the Allens.
The Pump Room
“Every creature in Bath, except himself, was to be seen in the Room at different periods of the fashionable hours; crowds of people were every moment passing in and out, up the steps and down; people whom nobody cared about, and nobody wanted to see; and he only was absent.”
The Assembly Rooms (The Upper Rooms pictured)
I love the scenes that take place here. It is where all the action is in the evenings- balls, concerts, cards and tea.
"It was a splendid sight; and she began, for the first time that evening, to feel herself at a ball...”
One place I did not get a picture of because it was pouring down rain, was the graveled path where Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth declare their love for each other at the end of Persuasion. We did walk down the path from the Royal Crescent to Street. It was a very romantic walk, hand in hand with the hubby. :) I did get this photo of the Royal Crescent.
I did manage to bring back with me a small gift to share with one lucky person. I really wanted to bring something a little bigger but my backpack limited my souvenir buying. :)
So, if you are interested in this really cute Mr. Darcy bookmark (recognize that portrait?) and the postcard just leave a comment here and you are entered. If you are participating in Stephanie's Everything Austen Challenge, let me know and you will get two entries.
Giveaway ends 11:00pm CST on Friday, August 21st.
(Quotes are all from Northanger Abbey.)