For our three year wedding anniversary, we decided on a weekend in Bath, England. The town boasts amazing spas, beautiful views and a long, rich history complete with Roman ruins. While I’m sure this is a romantic getaway for many couples, we don’t do “romantic” very well especially as we’re never without the Bacon Bit. For example, our two year anniversary gift to each other was a bathroom remodel. If ripping holes in the wall of the room you poop in doesn’t say I love you, I don’t know what does.
It’s about a three hour drive to Bath heading west across England. Thankfully, Lena is a great little traveler and we’ve developed a system that seems to work for us. We try to get at least an hour or more away from the house before making any stops. She usually falls asleep for the first bit of driving and once she wakes up, we find the nearest services area and let her run around. We treated ourselves to Costa coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts (it was our anniversary, after all). Plus a little M&S Raspberry Panna Cotta for the road. Do yourself a favor and try one of these if given the opportunity. Oh.my.goodness.
I guess that Garmin could technically be considered our anniversary gift to each other, too. Upon further googling, I’ve discovered that leather is the theme for the third anniversary. The Garmin came in a leather case. How do you like me now?!
The drive was gorgeous and we lucked out having sunny weather. I actually felt a touch of heat from the sun through my window. It was miraculous.
Parking was a little insane but our trusty new leather anniversary gift has a parking feature that lead us right into the heart of town. As usual, we didn’t really have a plan and decided to just walk around and see what we could find. This church was right outside the parking garage – I love how England has so much history. It really is so beautiful here.
Our first stop was at the Assembly Rooms. It’s part of the National Trust so we got free entry. I think this would have been more exciting if I were a Jane Austen fan as she writes about this place regularly in her books. We learned that this was the place to be during Georgian times and mothers would bring their daughters here during social season in the hopes of finding her a husband. There was dancing, poker and other public functions held here.
The rooms themselves were just that; rooms. Nothing particularly spectacular to me about them though the history was interesting. Unless you’re a big Jane Austen fan, I’d probably skip the Assembly Rooms in favor of seeing some of the other more exciting sites. I did find these Sedan chairs interesting, though. They are essentially an 1800’s version of the taxi cab. Except they were powered by humans rather than a motor or an animal. The social elite would rent these sedan chairs for a week or more and have chairmen carry them around the city. It allowed them to wear all their fancy clothing and wigs without getting them dirty. Can you imagine being carried on two poles in one of these things by a few men? Pompous, to say the least!
We also visited the Bath Fashion Museum and as you can imagine, the Sarge was absolutely thrilled! I’d say it was the highlight of his anniversary weekend and by highlight, I mean he wanted to strangle me. I actually thought it was pretty interesting and will post more photos in my next post!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Bath Assembly Rooms, here are some helpful links: