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September 11, 2003
I had a slight screw up and when I had planned to stay in Shrewsbury, there was no hostel there!! The last YHA I stayed in told me it was a great place, etc. and then when I rolled in, there was no hostel bc it was closed for renovations. It was my own fault for not calling..... travel fart....
So, I stayed in Bath for a few days. I had been there ever so briefly back in 1997 when I was doing my summer long London stint but I thought it deserved another stop. Bath is a place where you almost forget you are in England. From the color of the buildings (a really beautiful yellow limestone) to the architecture (Palladian school) to the shopping, its all so not English. I got in, tired and beat from traveling all day, and I was glad for the slight hostel mix up.
The Bath Abbey is an interesting place. The funniest bit was in the front, there are statues of the saints Peter and Paul. One is haloed and looks all saintly while the other has a weird hunched look with no halo. Turns out, a few hundred years ago, someone used the statue as target practice. They shot off most of the left saint's head! So, when all was back to normal, a new head was sculpted for the saint out of his former beard. He looks like a head shrinker did a number on him.
Other interesting places I saw were the Royal Crescent and the Bath Circus. The last place I visited was The Museum of Costume, which of course made me think of my sister Vanessa. She would have loved this place, except for the last part where they had a mannaquin of J Lo in the famous green Versace dress from 2001. That was chosen as dress of the year for that year.
Not the most exciting few days to read about, but definately interesting and I learned a lot!
Posted by Claudia on September 11, 2003 01:03 PM