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I saw the first signs of spring while walking around Bath. Just behind the Circus lies the Fashion Museum, the former Assembly Rooms.

Fashion Museum

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Designed by John Wood, the younger, in 1769 the Assembly Rooms are a number of elegant rooms to meet, have balls, concerts and much more.

The building, made of Bath stone, is arranged in a U shape. There are four main function rooms in the complex: the 100-foot-long (30 m) ballroom — the largest Georgian interior in Bath; the tea room; the card room; and the octagon. The rooms have Whitefriars crystal chandeliers and are decorated with fine art. (wikipedia)

The basement houses the Fashion Museum, a collection started by Doris Langley Moore who gave it to the City of Bath in 1963. At the moment there is a special exhibition about royals and their clothes, the red dress was worn by Princess Margaret.

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Pulteney Bridge

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A different view of Pulteney Bridge, it really shows how narrow these shops and stores are.

The oldest house in Bath

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This medieval building used to be part of the south range of Bath Abbey and the lowest floor level dates to the reconstruction of the abbey after a great fire in 1137.

The building was acquired in the 1930s by Marie Byng-Johnson who opened it as a tea-room specializing in Sally Lunn buns, promoted with a story that she had discovered an ancient document in a secret panel above the fireplace explaining that Mlle. Sally Lunn was a young French Huguenot refugee who brought the recipe to Bath around 1680. (wikipedia)

A “Sally Lunn” is a large bun or teacake similar to brioche – I have to taste that one next time!

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Bath Lookout

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Cross the River Avon behind the train station and walk up a lot of stairs towards Alexandra Park – up there a stunning view over the city will reward you for the little climb.

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The Royal Crescent in the middle.

Parade Gardens

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And one more on the way back home to my studio.

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