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Jane Austen Bath Festival 2014

For years I have wanted to go to the Jane Austen Bath Festival, and this year I finally got my wish. I coerced three of my friends to go with me and we had a fantastic time.

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There were amazing costumes all weekend. It was super cool seeing them all wandering through town.

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UK Trip 2011: Bath

The rest of our time in Bath was quite lovely and relaxing. The night after our visit to Jane Austen Centre, we took the Bizarre Tour: The Comedy Walk, which I highly recommend as evening entertainment. The tour guide was very funny and did a couple of neat (though somewhat eccentric) magic tricks. One includes tying a woman’s wedding ring to a balloon and letting it fly away… do not volunteer your beloved jewelry to him if you are faint of heart is our advice.

I loved the town’s historical sites like the Roman Baths. It’s amazing how well-preserved it is and how much we can glimpse into the lives of Roman people hundreds of years back. I am a little bit of a geek when it comes to history, mostly because I find it so fascinating to be walking on the same floors and touching the same walls that people did centuries ago. Some times, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the thought that so many civilizations has already run its courses before us… and everything had been vastly different back then.

The Roman Baths was an incredible evidence of lifetimes long gone.

Roman Baths

The bath was built over a natural hot spring and it was easy to imagine why people would spend hours just hanging out there to bathe. One of the historical interpreters explained to us that it was one of the rare and accessible source of hot water for people in England, where the weather was usually pretty cold. Pilbeam and I took advantage of the low tourist crowd and settled down to relax by the water.

Roman Baths

You are not supposed to touch the water. According to wikipedia.com, a young girl died from the brain eating amoeba that lives in these waters… AHHHHHH!!! I totally touched the water, but I guess since I didn’t swallow any, I should be okay…! But yes, the water is not completely safe which is why no one is allowed to swim in these hot springs anymore. There is no harm or rules against sitting right next to the water and lounging as long as you can though. The sun was pretty warm that day too, lucky for us… like they say: ‘when in Rome!’ or at least, when you’re pretending to be Roman.

After the baths, we went to Sally Lunn’s and I had some tea plus really delicious food. They are popular for the Sally Lunn’s buns: giant, brioche bread that they use for everything, including their cream tea and sandwiches. The site that they operate in is also known as the oldest house in the city where they have excavated a cellar and preserved its old kitchen. Continue reading

UK Trip 2011: The Jane Austen Centre

During high school, Pilbeam introduced me to the world of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen. If you listened to episode 8 of the podcast, you’ll know about how we did a marathon viewing of the BBC Pride and Prejudice series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy… then we went to see What A Girl Wants in theaters just to see Firth dancing in leather pants. Naturally, we made it a goal to visit the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England!

It was the first tourist attraction we went to the minute we were settled into our Travelodge hotel in Bath. By the way, I do not recommend this Travelodge to people. Although the location was fairly good and the price was super cheap, the hotel is right above a club. I lost a night of sleep due to obnoxious, loud young people that were leaving the club drunk. It was super annoying and the walls of English buildings tend to be a little thin.

Despite that unfortunate aspect of the trip, Bath was wonderful!

The Jane Austen Centre

Most days, you will be greeted by this dapper gentlemen in front of the Centre. Jane Austen lived in Bath for a few years after her father passed away. She disliked having to move from the peaceful country to the more cramped lifestyle of the city. The centre is located on the same street where she used to lived in a house that was similar to her family’s. Her original house on 25 Gay Street is now a dental office, unfortunately. I wished the city would mandate her house to be a historical site and make those dentists leave…!

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Ep. 8 We Heart Mr. Darcy

Our Lady DefectiveGeekers had a very Jane Austen weekend in England, stocking up on Mr. Darcy merchandise along the way. Space Pirate Queen and Pilbeam tell tales of Scotland and England adventures and talk about strange films they’ve watched in between sightseeing… like Earth Girls Are Easy.