Bath | Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre

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Bath is a city located in the west of England. It is filled with beautiful cobbled streets and a waterfall of culture. I have lived in Britain my whole life and yet my traveling past of my own county seems very bare. For the most part, we as a nation are captivated by the weather, it seems the only thing we brits go on about (besides tea) so as it comes to no surprise our holidays seem to be more where the sun shines. This got me thinking, why not experience British culture before venturing off somewhere else.

One weekend my boyfriend and I set off on a 2 hour train journey to the beautiful city of bath. We stayed in a hotel located minutes away from the train station and in a prime location for visiting the Roman Baths and other major attractions in the city centre. We arrived late on the Friday night and only had time to potter about the city and enjoy a delightful dinner in one of the nearby restaurants before resigning back to the hotel.

I, as the sunshine morning person that I am, woke up super early for breakfast excited to start my bath adventures. Our first stop on my list of bath attractions was of course the Roman Baths. The baths were built in 33BC, and now consist of remarkable preserved remains of one of the most famous places in history. The water from the baths are heated from the earths core creating a remarkably natural thermal spring.

Having never visited this beautiful city I thought the baths would just be that, you look at the baths and you leave. But as you begin, you enter a beautifully presented exhibition along with a “walkie talkie phone thing” that allows you to key in numbers relating to an artefact and hear its history. I found it utterly fascinating and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit this darling city.

Another place I have always longed to visit in bath is the Jane Austen Centre. Ever since I was younger my mother has always been a Jane Austen fan, owning nearly all the books and constantly re-watching TV series, so there was no surprise when I have become a huge fan of her work. My favourite book being the classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” which I have re-read numerous times.

The Jane Austen centre is located on 40 Gay street, a mere few doors down from where Jane lived herself. The tour of the centre begins with a 10 minute talk about Jane’s life, and a video on her achievements and novels. This then finished with an exhibition about various clothing, games and facts of the 1800’s.

Although this exhibition was mainly for me, there were parts of it that even Harry seemed to enjoy. We spent ages going through a poster on ‘the language of the fan’ forever making convocation without moving our lips. There was also somewhere to try out writing with a quill and various games of the 1800’s which proved to get the better of our 21st century attention span.

After the culture filled weekend there was still some time left to do a bit of shopping along the quant cobbled streets, where we visited the Fudge Kitchen and purchased more than we care to admit.

Our time in bath was very short lived, spending our hours soaking up the bath culture. We are looking forward to another British adventure.

Love Georgina xxx

Walking in the Countryside

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Finding new and exciting things to do can be difficult but in the end its the simple things that bring you closer to the people you love. One hot Friday afternoon, my boyfriend and I went for a long walk over the fields behind my house to the next village. Although at the shear thought of going on a walk seemed utterly unappealing to him, he ended up enjoying it more than he thought.

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We took my two dogs, Bonnie (the brown dog) and Duke (the black and white), over several miles of fields. They, needless to say, were almost excited as I was to be reminiscing this journey. When I was younger, my mum, younger brother and I use to walk this route all the time, we’d end up at the next village and spend a few hours at the local pub for a drink of lemonade and a lovely meal. As the weather was on our side I wanted to do the same with him.

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Although walking may seem tedious to some people, it can also be such a pleasure especially when you are surrounded by such tremendous company.

We walked all the way to the next village stopping off at the scenic stops including an abandoned  shack to which we explored to my reluctance; a swamp which I didn’t realise existed until the dogs came back plastered in mud; and several trees perfect for climbing. Afterwards we stopped off at ‘The Black Boy Inn’ pub for a meal and a cheeky glass of pimms.

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Its amazing what beautiful memories you can make with just a field and a camera.

Georgina xx

 

 

18th Birthday Soiree: The Dorchester, and Savoy Hotel, London

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So as it happens I am now officially, and legally an adult as of the 10th August 2016. As a celebration my mum, godmother and her daughter arranged a special surprise for me in London. They kept the whole thing a secret until we arrived mysteriously at the door of one of the poshest hotels in London.

We caught a train to London at 9 in the morning which was accompanied with my mother and godmother whipping out a bottle of prosecco and 4 plastic glasses. “As its a special occasion” was their reasoning for drinking at 9 in the morning, and since it was my 18th birthday I had no reason to say no to this out of character behaviour.

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My special surprise ended up being lunch at the Dorchester hotel in London; one of the poshest places to eat and to top it off one of the most expensive too. When we arrived I couldn’t believe where I was or how out of place I felt, there were Bentleys and other expensive cars parked outside some of which had drivers sat in them. We walked through the rotating doors and into a gorgeous gold plated room with people having their morning tea, most of which all dressed up in suits and long dresses.

The staff were beyond attentive and incredibly pleasant. We were greeted with a complementary glass of champagne and a selection of different breads and a tray of butter. I felt so important in this eloquent environment but it also felt like something I would love to get use to.

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When the pudding brought out, they wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ across the plate in chocolate and the waiter sang happy birthday to me. I found it so special to be spending my eighteenth birthday in the Dorchester Hotel.

After a wonderful meal and me longing my mother for us to spend the night (but the price would cost half of my monthly wage) we made our way through Hyde Park and had yet another glass of prosecco by the lake.

When evening fell we made our way to the Savoy Hotel, which is yet another posh hotel in the centre of London, however instead of lunch we went for cocktails and tipsy natter. The Savoy is also very special to me as it was the first place I ever got ID’d, which not everyone can say. Mostly its some rotten night club, but not me (insert cheeky half smirk and wink).

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Overall, you could say that I was totally and utterly spoiled on my birthday, and I would say that I definitely agree. It was memorable 18th birthday and I could thank my mum, godmother more for arranging it all and going to such great lengths for me.

Georgina xx

Winter Wonderland

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Last Wednesday I travelled down to London with my Sixth Form crew to Hyde Park to enjoy the wonder that is Winter Wonderland. I had never been before and was excited to check this fabulous adventure off my life admirations. I had high expectations for Winter Wonderland, but I wasn’t expecting it to exceed these standards. I was well and truly walking in a Winter Wonderland.

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There are a variety of fun activities for all the family, including Ice Skating, Ice Kingdom, the Big Wheel and the Ice Bar and of course Santa’s Grotto. We spend the majority of our time on the roller coaters and on the Ice Rink. I couldn’t think of anything more festive than scaring yourself on a roller coater at 10 in the evening.

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Winter wonderland has free admissions, however you have to book attractions in advance, these include Ice Skating, the Ice Kingdom and The Big Wheel. We booked our Ice Skating tickets when we arrived in the booking booth at the entrance, so if you forget to book in advance, don’t fret you can still do it upon arrival. I would recommend booking online as this guarantees you a spot, however they do have a booking free when you do this.

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We arrived at Winter Wonderland just as it was beginning to get dark, we spent a 2 hour coach journey and I was so excited. The Sixth Form had arranged a special outing for us all for working so hard towards our A-levels. Last year they took us to Alton Towers, but I was over the moon when I found out we were coming here because Christmas is my favourite time of year. I felt like I was a child in their element.

Here are some of the pictures that I took throughout my time.

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I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend a Wednesday night, and I couldn’t think of better people to spend it with. Thank you for a fabulous evening everyone.

Georgina xx