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Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

March 12, 2014
Bath

For my birthday, Christina and my brothers all chipped in and got me a lazy weekend in Bath. I’ve been to Bath several times before, but every time I’m there I’m surprised by how beautiful the town is. It’s probably one of the most English cities you’ll experience and appropriately is the color of milky tea and biscuits. Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

It’s the perfect combination of a quant and charming small town with a good selection of shops, friendly people and most importantly, a great food scene. Small cafés and sandwich shops are lined up next to one another and the shop windows all boast the most mouth-watering pastries and cakes.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

We arrived at around 11.30am and immediately made our way to the hotel to drop of our bags. Of course, that didn’t happen without a detour to a couple of shops first. We stayed at the Dukes Hotel, a charming and centrally located hotel on Great Pulteney Street. The service was great, the staff friendly and very helpful and the room was really nice as well. But that’s probably because of my siblings treating me to a night in the Somerset Suite.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

After dropping our bags off we made our way back into town and picked up a sandwich for lunch  {brie, grape and honey ciabatta} and shopped a bit more.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

We came across this group of artists who spent well over an hour dancing in the town center, entertaining children and adults alike. I’m still not entirely sure what it was all about…

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

After we were all shopped out we made our way up to the Royal Crescent for afternoon tea. Christina and I love nothing more than to indulge in an étagère full of scones and pastries while talking wedding plans.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

The restaurant of the Royal Crescent Hotel is a separate house, just down the path from the main building with beautifully decorated interiors. We were sat right by the window facing out towards the terrace which allowed us to enjoy every last ray of Spring sunshine. Quite the treat after months and months of rain.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

We started with tea.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Followed by finger sandwiches…

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Bath buns.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Scones.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Clotted cream and jam.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

And of course an assortment of pastries.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

We were so immersed in our conversation, talking about life, planning the wedding and thinking of ideas for the bachelorette weekend, that by the time we left the sun was about to set.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

The blossoming trees looked too pretty for me not to take a few pictures. Spring really is one of the best times of the year!

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

And in case you were wondering how we liked our afternoon tea? I think the pictures says it all. We’re not the sort to leave leftovers….Never!

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

As we wandered back into town, the sun had covered the whole town in that beautiful warm, orange tint. Kids, students and adults were still out and about, playing on the fields and enjoying the last rays of sun on the first actual Spring weekend.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

We decided the late afternoon presented the perfect opportunity for a movie so we ventured down to the cinema and bought two tickets for the next screening of Gravity.

I’m not going to do a film review, but I do recommend you go see it. It’s not a movie I would naturally be inclined to watch {I favor RomComs}, but it was 1.5 hours full of suspense. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time with my head partly tucked into my scarf so I could hide from certain scenes {I’m such a big baby!}. And I could tell that Christina wasn’t any calmer either. She was constantly clutching onto something which made me even more restless. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Sandra Bullock did a superb job at playing an astronaut and George Clooney wasn’t half-bad either.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

After the movie we shared a quick dinner and headed back to the hotel for some beauty rest. It was the first night in a very long time that I fell asleep the minute I turned the lights off and I slept like a rock until the sun woke me up the next morning. I felt refreshed and ready to tackle another day of shopping, but not without breakfast.

Although the hotel was generally good, breakfast could have been a bit better. Christina and I both ordered pancakes but were disappointed at the small portion. In addition to the pancakes I also picked up  a yoghurt and muesli from the buffet because I knew the pancakes alone wouldn’t tide me over for long.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

After another hour of shopping we met up with a friend for coffee at Starbucks where we spent more than an hour chatting away. I had my first iced latte of the season!

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

Before catching the train back home we fueled up on some salads and flatbread from Prezzo. Mine was chicken, bacon and avocado with mustard dressing which was really nice.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

It was another wonderful weekend with my sister and just what I needed to unwind after all the work, deadlines and stress at Uni this year. Now I’m ready to tackle the last week of Spring term before  flying home  in two weeks and hopefully getting a bit more rest then.

Weekend in Bath {Photo Diary}

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5 Comments

  • Reply Lucy March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Ah this is so lovely to see, I live in Bath you see (I study here but Bath is most definitely my home, I love it so much!). It’s nice to see you got to enjoy Bath in all the sunshine, I was stuck inside at work all weekend, sob. I remember reading your Bath post a few months ago but never got round to commenting on it. Such a beautiful city, despite being horrendously expensive. Very jealous you got to stay on Great Pultney Street, so lovely walking down there in the sunshine.

    Lucy xxx

    • Reply Antonia March 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Lucy! You’re so lucky to live in Bath. It’s such a nice place. I was recently accepted to Uni there (for my Master’s degree) so I might move there in the autumn. I have other options as well, but whenever I visit, it sort of feels like I belong there. xx

  • Reply SarahC, March 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely photos. I grew up in Bath and miss it, it’s brilliant at this time of year.

  • Reply Tasha March 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love the one one the blossoms and the final one of the sun through the trees…
    The scones look so tempting! X

  • Reply Camille March 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    You’d be so happy in Bath as a student lovely Toni 🙂
    xx

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