The cover, the chaos, the hollow sympathy of the architecture, the Tube lines snaking underground. London can swallow you up, in a good way. ― Emma Jane Unsworth. In the morning mist, hazy and amorous, London was delirious. London squinted … Continue reading →
It is a wooded landscape that is never flat and never square, and you lose your bearings in it, taking years to learn exactly how its dips and meanders fit together. Often on summer evenings people stop and ask me … Continue reading →
If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad. ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The venerable Bath Abbey (13th century and on) with its fan vaulting and nave ceiling. Note the ladders … Continue reading →
The Romans in 43 AD started the development of Aquae Sulis as a sanctuary of rest and relaxation, not a garrison town like most Roman settlements. It was dedicated to Minerva, goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, strategic warfare, commerce, weaving, and … Continue reading →
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They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, and everywhere. Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath? ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey Whilst we could never tire of Bath, a world of sheep, … Continue reading →
Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey … and let’s plan to go boating … Continue reading →
“I have not yet asked you how long you have been in Bath; whether you were ever here before; whether you have been at the Upper Rooms, the theatre, and the concert; and how you like the place altogether.” ― … Continue reading →