I have always found Bath difficult. The street layout is very confused and it is easy to get lost. We took the hop on, hop off bus tour to get an idea of the layout of the place but the route is confusing in itself. The buildings are all constructed of the same colored stone, quite dirty in places which leaves a dreary feel although these are gems according to the architectural purists. There are streets and streets of similar buildings with very little green and few flowers - not so much as a window box. We stopped to look at the Royal Crescent which I found drab in its sameness, only interrupted by scaffolding. Bath is past its best before date by a couple of centuries.
|This beautifully restored vintage vehicle helped to relieve the monotony of the buildings with its blue paintwork|
I was feeling the effects of traveling on the open top deck of the tour bus but a glass of London Pride together with a bowl of broccoli and stilton soup soon improved matters.
On the way back to the station we stopped off at the Sally Lunn Tearoom to buy a Sally Lunn Bun, a large bun or teacake made with a yeast dough including cream, eggs and spice similar to the sweet brioche breads of France. It was first recorded here in 1780. To get to the counter we had to climb down some very cramped, dark stairs into a low basement room, not an accessible location.
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