previous post (which I began in September!), I reported that I had taken a bus tour in July 2010 and visited the Roman Baths Museum in Bath, UK. However, there is another reason why visiting Bath is so interesting, especially if you are a fan of the novels of Jane Austen, as I am. Jane Austen lived for a time in Bath and also used the location as a setting in her novels, particularly Persuasion.
Bath is a very picturesque small city, situated in the Avon Valley. The steep streets rise from the river up to the Cotswald Hills. It is a place I hope to return to because I certainly didn't have enough time to take in all the beauty of its vistas, its architecture and its historical sites.
|My Bus Tour Guide|
I was met at the entrance by a life-sized statue of a lady in Regency costume whom I assumed was supposed to represent the authoress, or at least one of her characters! After nodding respectfully at my greeter I crossed the threshold. The first room to the right of the door was a Book shop and while my brain was clamouring to examine that space, my bladder was much more insistent. A sign on the stairway in front of me beckoned to the basement where I was able to find relief in the usual offices. In that room I was amused to find a little shrine to Colin Firth's Darcy on the wall.
|Powder Room Portrait|
After quickly perusing the gift store for any easily portable Austen memorabilia, I realized that books were the only items for sale. Normally a book would be the perfect thing, but because of luggage weight restrictions I knew I should restrain myself.
Down the hall from the entrance was a roped off section which appeared to be the museum. It looked very intriguing and as no one was around, I pondered stepping over the rope to have a better look at what I would be missing. However, my manners and morality forbade me doing so and also I should admit, my fear of being caught!
The top of the stairs had a waiting room where some people were watching an introductory video before the next museum tour started. Down the hall there was a little Tea Room which I deeply regretted not being able to visit, but it was absolutely time to be getting back!
I had less than 10 minutes to hoof it back to the Roman Bath Museum but I am proud to say I made it back precisely on time. Good thing, or I would have been in trouble with my husband! I had to let him have a few choices in our tours as I had dragged him off to every literary tour I could find! The Roman Baths were really a very worthwhile place to visit. It satisfied both my historical and my husband's technological interests.
As the bus climbed the hills on its way out of town our guide pointed out a row of houses, one of which was where Jane Austen had lived with her parents when her father retired from the clergy in 1800. I almost missed it, but I think this was the right photo. Some day I must return to Bath to enjoy the place in a more leisurely manner!
Richard Armitage stars in Persuasion / by Elizzybrigth
Austen's most cherished hero was Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. So here is another fan's creative way to make Mr. Armitage into Mr. Darcy.
Pride and Prejudice Trailer / by beccybubb
Last but not least, feast your eyes on this graphic artist's
portrayal of Mr. Darcy.
Don't we wish it were true!