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Taking a Bath

Following the Romans


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2002 An English Narrowboat Holliday & 2002 Heart Attack at Shroud Key & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

After we left London, we were based in Cheltenham where our daughter was living on a 3 year job exchange.
House our daughter leases

House our daughter leases


Her house is a listed house which means that it can't be changed without permission.
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Listed house

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2892638-Front_door_from_outside_Cheltenham.jpgFront door -outside and Inside

Front door -outside and Inside

front parlour window

front parlour window


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fireplaces


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TV room

kitchen

kitchen


The central window over the entrance door was blocked off many years ago to avoid a window tax. It gives the house a boarded up look.
Cheltenham house facade

Cheltenham house facade


The house has been used as a B&B and an old folks home. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths on the floor above the ground floor (we would call it the 2nd floor - the English call it the 1st floor).
Our bedroom window which looked out on the street

Our bedroom window which looked out on the street


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daughter's bedroom

which looked out on the back garden

which looked out on the back garden


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Back garden

July 23rd, 2002 - A Rainy Day in Bath

Bath was a place I wanted to visit because I was intrigued by the photos that were taken of it by my mother on a bus tour of England with my second daughter. It was a place that we hadn't visited in 1950.

We (Bob and I and our grandson) got a late start on the first really rainy day we've had (and it was just a drizzly type rain) - Bob drove our daughter's Rover to Bath. He did have some problem with trying to shift with his right hand and hitting the door instead. I was antsy about how close he was to the left-hand side of the road. And in fact he did hit a curb pretty hard, but he said that he was avoiding a cyclist.

Our daughter had told him the way to go and we had maps - both a big book map and a map of Gloucester and Cheltenham where our daughter lived. Getting to Bath was OK (we went through a town called Pennsylvania), but we didn't realize how far out the Park & Rides were so we ended up in the middle of Bath which is not where I wanted to be. I had intended to park out at the North Parade. Somehow we missed this. I think at some point we drove through the Royal Crescent. It was hard to find where we were on the map, and watch Bob's driving to keep him from going the wrong way down a one way street or something.
Streets of Bath

Streets of Bath


Bob insisted on following the signs to the long term car park lot (£3.80 until 6 pm), and after he and our grandson used the bathroom, he took a short cut out of the lot on foot. We ended up getting thoroughly lost (even after asking directions at a store - I asked the wrong question - I asked what the name of the street was, and not which way we should go on it) and walked in the wrong direction, ending up a Victoria Park,
Victoria Park playground

Victoria Park playground


which has a big playground for kids. Our grandson stopped and had a few minutes to play while I used the bathroom and found out that we were on our way out of Bath on foot and got directions for the bus from some of the mothers who had their children there.

We took a bus back in (£2.40 for the three of us) which let us off downtown near the railway station, and then by default had lunch at McDonalds £7.29 because it was too late (and we were too lost) to try for anything else.
Downtown Bath

Downtown Bath


We got to the baths and admission was £18.60 ($29.29 - two seniors and child). We had a good time listening to the recorded tour. It was somewhat confusing though, because the numbers were not consecutive. It started with 1 and then went to 16, and there was no #2. We didn't wait for the free guided tour. There were so many people we probably couldn't have gotten close enough to hear it anyway.
Statues on roofline

Statues on roofline


Looking down into the Baths

Looking down into the Baths


We heard all about Sulis Minerva, and saw the various baths, and our grandson touched the water.
654725-Baths_Bath.jpgListening to the tour

Listening to the tour


The Baths were packed with people. I took a few pictures, but not many because there were so many people there. One lady (apparently not a primary English language person) asked me what a glove was. I had one in my pocket which I showed her.
65956_03.jpgPump Room

Pump Room


When we finished, we went to the Pump Room, but it was full and we didn't want to pay to drink the waters. I heard later that the service was terrible there. Our grandson wanted to buy a souvenir (he knew exactly where the shop was), so after we did that, we went out and wandered around in Bath until we got directions from a bus driver (He said, "You don't want to take THIS bus.") to walk back up past Queen Square to our car park.

I had wanted to go to Sally Lunds and maybe the costume museum, but once we found the car park I thought it would be better to leave. We wanted to get back before rush hour at 1700 (and we did). We did manage to find our daughter's house, and park.
Son-in-law's car in driveway

Son-in-law's car in driveway


They park the Toyota in the driveway, and the Rover has to make do on the street. Since there is no parking in front of her house, it is parked up a side street across the street

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:53 Archived in England Tagged boat canal cheltenham pontcysyllte_aqueduct iron_bridge national_waterways_museum

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