I discovered the secret to having a relaxing trip to Europe.
Quick life update: I’ve been taking a break from writing since we moved on Friday and I was traveling in Scottsdale and DC. But now that I’m settled and (mostly) unpacked, I’m ready to start writing again! Let me know if there’s something in particular you’d love to read or are curious about!
Starting your trip in a busy, bustling city like London can be a bit overwhelming. I highly recommend flying into London and heading straight to a smaller city that is equally as exciting and memorable. Which is why Bath is the perfect on-ramp town to a perfect England trip.
Bath Travel Guide
Bath is full of gorgeous and unforgettable architecture, a killer food scene, and is totally walkable. Even though it rained during our entire stay, we soaked in the charm and saw everything there was to see.
Bath is well known for the Roman baths that were built on a natural spring. The coolest part is that you can still visit the baths today, and it is definitely worth the price. The green water looks like it is boiling, but we learned that the bubbles are just gasses escaping from the water. The town became really popular as a spa town when spring water was thought to have special healing powers in the Georgian era. We got to taste some spa water and it was absolutely ill. I personally think it tasted like blood, haha.
Jane Austen’s family had a home in Bath, too, for those of you who are fans! Bath has a Jane Austen festival every year and impersonators from her era are always walking around.
Bath Travel Guide: Walking Tours
We did several walking tours of Bath (a free walking tour and a comedy tour called Bizarre Bath) which helped us get oriented. We did the comedy tour at night, which was hilarious! Our guide pointed out parts of town while performing magic tricks around the city. The free general tour took us all the way from Bath Abbey (the huge main church in town above) to the Royal Crescent (the curved building pictured below), pointing out various architectural highlights while filling our heads with historical nuggets.
My favorite factual tidbit was Bath’s window tax. Each home was taxed on how many windows they had, so families started filling some of their windows in with bricks. Some even painted over the bricks to make the space look like a window, without having to suffer the tax. Tricky tricky!
Our guide also pointed out the bridge where Jean Valjean from Les Miserables jumps at the end of the movie. I snapped a pic of it below – maybe you’ll recognize it!
Bath Travel Guide: Where to Stay
The food in Bath was one of my favorite parts. We stayed at a small but convenient hotel called The Kennard, and every morning they provided us with a full English breakfast. I learned that “English Breakfast” means bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, eggs, and potatoes. I exploded.
Bath Travel Guide: Where to Relax
After all the walking tours and thinking about roman baths, we really wanted to take a Bath. The Thermae Bath Spa is a modern spa in Bath where we enjoyed doing as the Romans did for an evening. They have an indoor pool, rooftop pool, various saunas and therapeutic rooms, and a cafe. You can also book a massage or treatment there, but we decided to just use the facilities for the experience. It was SO relaxing. Like I said… a perfect way to start off a crazy Europe trip! I don’t have any photos of that because cameras weren’t allowed inside.
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