Despite the light drizzle there was already a lovely atmosphere at the Christmas market. I bought my doll (which reminds me, I must take a picture of it!) and then met up with Pam and Gerald in the square where our free walking tour was to begin.
We met up with our dapper guide with his prestigious Blue Badge and he took us on a two hour walk around Bath, giving fascinating information about the Bath’s history and people, as well as sharing some amusing anecdotes and scandalous stories.
At Pulteney Bridge we could see that the River Avon was very swollen by the heavy rains that had fallen on the region over the last couple of weeks. Compare it my shot of the same view in 2008.
We ended up at the other side of Bath Abbey, where a plaque commemorates where Edgar, the first king of England, was crowned. The site once had a much larger church on it than the current Bath Abbey. I can really recommend the Mayor’s Free Walking Tours of Bath.
It is hard to imagine what this would have looked like in Roman times as all the building in the bath and temple complex have been lost. The architecture you see here is much later, mostly Georgian, with just the spring and the bases of the Roman columns remaining.
There is also a memorial to Arthur Philip, the first Governor of Australia, who spent his final years in Bath. By this stage we had exhausted Gerald, so Pam and I dropped him off back at the apartment where he read a book and had a glass of scotch.
On the way back to our apartment, Pam and I did a little window shopping. We all had dinner in the Snug at Gascoyne Place, where there was a lovely ambiance and a crackling warm fire.