Open air fruit & veg stand in Bath today. Love <3! November 14, 2014
I woke up (late) and hung out with Hobbs most of the day at the house. He was working from home, so we spent most of the day just hanging out in the kitchen with each one of us on our computers (in my case, iPad) and chatting.
I had a bit of a hangover to nurse, plus after the few days of traveling, it was really enjoyable to sit and do nothing for a day. We walked to the little convenient store later in the afternoon so I could procure a ham and cheese sandwich. One thing I really like about the UK is the availability and affordability of fresh foods and fruit. There’s lots of pre-packaged fresh sandwiches packaged and bowls of fruit in abundance at convenient stores. It makes it convenient to eat something good for you even while traveling.
Around 3:30, I packed up and Hobbs drove me back to the train station where we said our goodbyes and I boarded the train for Swindon again, then picked up the second train and arrived in Bath.
Some things I’ve noticed/appreciated while traveling by train:
It’s incredibly convenient and I wish we had a stronger rail system in the US.
Lots of Brits read while on the train… books, newspapers, magazines.
The men here are gentlemen! Several times, a man has gotten up and offered me his seat.
Everyone is incredibly friendly.
When I arrived in Bath, it was already dark, but immediately saw the change in the architecture. Simply put, Bath is gorgeous. There’s a large shopping area with many stores and walking around the city is very convenient. I made way to the hotel and planned for a low key evening so that I could get a good night’s sleep and an early start to explore the rest of Bath (the museums and the thermal water spa) in the morning. Since it was past dinnertime, I planned on walking around and finding a restaurant that was still serving food and that looked appetizing.
I ended up walking around quite a bit, falling in love with the beauty of the city more each minute. One of my favorite things about exploring new cities is the ability to get “lost” in the city and just wander around.
It paid off, as I wandered into The Bath Brew House (14 James Street West). I ordered off the specials board, which was Pork Loin cooked in garlic butter w/saute potatoes and greens. Oh. My. Goodness. Delicious.
I also tried one of their “brews”. I got a pint of their Marzen, which was a well flavored beer!
For dessert, I ordered a “Dr. Pepper Texas Chocolate Cake”. It was the size of Texas. I ate about 1/8th of it. It was really good, but it was really just too much for one person (it was enough cake for 4-6 people to share).
On the way back to the hotel, I briefly considered stopping into another pub, but decided my pjs and hotel room would be a better option. I impressed myself with my oddly amazing orienteering skills and managed to figure out where I was very quickly and without my map get back to the hotel.
In other news today (not UK news), I found out that my business may have an opportunity to be featured on a show on the Travel Channel when I return. So, cross your fingers and toes!