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Old December 26th, 2007, 09:22 PM   #1
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Ah Bath, Aquae Sulis.

Hello (scroll down abit if you don't like reading lengthy-ish commentaries )

Welcome to another of my photo-threads, this time of Bristol's little sister next door, Bath.

There's not really much of a city rivalry, bar the sports teams (but even then-) probably because one is overwhelmingly larger than the other
Despite that, Bath is the more well known of the two (for obvious reasons)

The city really is sickenly charming and picturesque at times, probably one of the closest places you'll get to a fairy tale view of England, but because of that pretty much everywhere (thats interesting to the bulk of humanity, liberal urbanists included) feels a tad touristy, even the paths less travelled can feel well worn here and the city is somewhat lacking a soul, and is a prime example of a museum city with lots of pretentions thrown in. (or maybe that's just some Bias one from Bristle would have )

BUT, a visit here should be on the top of most peoples (who are visiting England) lists, i treally is beautiful, and the streetscene is actually quite good in the centre. (despite my negative-ness )
And given the chance i would move here in a hearbeat

Most of the pics here don't show anything like interesting areas where tourists don't usually go (partly because there aren't any as such, this is bath afterall ) like some other threads unfortunately, (well not yet at least) just the usual, but i hope ye enjoy




Royal Crescent:

pretty much (apart from the Baths of course) the icon of Bath, perched up on a slope overlooking the city 'tis rather grand.










i actually quite like the crescent for the tourists it brings, i really like watching the them (in a non stalker-ish way of course ) as its nice to see people in one place from all corners of the globe

Most of these pics were taken on Sunday it was pretty much blue skies and very clear (and very crisp and cold what with it being the middle of winter) as you can see, but the rest of the country was enshrouded in fog to my surprise, it was foggy in Bath but only down in the valley and even then it kept coming and going (but it was still very thick)






There are many other crescents throughout the city not just one



The hills are steep






















thats all for a sec.


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Old December 26th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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just stunning!!!!!!!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:20 AM   #3
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Pulteney Bridge, another famous landmark, typically seen in postcards along with the weir to the south, and general riverscape.
and is apparently ''one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides''.

most intriguing.





The rather infamous North side of the bridge, tbh i think its a trait that is in keeping with the rest of the city (by that i mean, many if not not most of the georgian buildings here tend to have marvellous fronts, but the rears are a tad lacking :shifty



Shops along the bridge (rather cosy methinks), rents must be ubelievable though





Those segaull look-alike birds can never remember what they're called...





The Street that runs along the bridge leads to the grandest street in the city-
'Great Pulteney Street.'

They're all houses as far as i know (well, flats most probably now, lots are probably offices too which wouldnt be surprising) so the street usually feels a tad dead even if it is in the dead of winter and on a sunday, although it comes to life more in the warmer months.

(the street was used in the movie vanity fair, cant say i've ever seen it though, so i dont know how prominently it was shown in the film, ah but such is life )

shops etc. running up to Great Pulteney street:







ah, the lovely street furniture (to the left) in this one, )












side streets








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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #4
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interesting town... looks very english as far as I can tell

it would be nicer with fresh painted facades though
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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #5
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Lovely!!

I enjoyed Bath a lot when I was there!

I miss England
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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:49 AM   #6
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interesting town... looks very english as far as I can tell

it would be nicer with fresh painted facades though
or better yet, Pebbledash them

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Lovely!!

I enjoyed Bath a lot when I was there!

I miss England
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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #7
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Amazing!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #8
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:50 PM   #9
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Some fantastic photos Mr. He L. Ium

However, there doesn't seem to be much going on in most of them. I dunno if its a reflection on the city or you waited for people to move away before you got snappy like I do

Anyway, really great stuff thanks.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #10
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Some fantastic photos Mr. He L. Ium

However, there doesn't seem to be much going on in most of them. I dunno if its a reflection on the city or you waited for people to move away before you got snappy like I do

Anyway, really great stuff thanks.
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However, there doesn't seem to be much going on in most of them. I dunno if its a reflection on the city or you waited for people to move away before you got snappy like I do
Both tbh , but i did take alot of these pics in the residential areas (although because i was in Bath i felt less inhibited here, as i guess people expect someone to take street pics, but in Brizzle however...) in the city centre it was nice and busy though even for a sunday , but im not that comfortable with taking a pic of a busy street for obvious reasons (and i spent more time in the centre shopping eating etc. than taking pics )























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or better yet, Pebbledash them
oh, I didn't recognized these are sandstone facades
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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #12
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Limestone actually (although i've thought Limestone was Sandstone many a time!) unless of course they're the same thing
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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:58 PM   #13
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^ well they are both Sedimentary rock so pretty similar in some regards - both can be utterly annying as a building material as they can erode so easily!

I study architecture at the Uni of Bath so im biased towards the place, but i truly believe it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The only downside is its own stuck up its arse image it can project out and the cost of shopping partying and just living in the area - in that regrds it really isnt a student friendly city.

My favourite Bath set piece is the Circus...just sublime...



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mmmh... no, it's not the same... although I can't tell the difference

but limestone should be more vulnerable to acid.... *evil grin*
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Old December 27th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #15
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pop over to Brizzle, madman

ah the circus! (thought i forgot something )

apparently its apart of a street plan that forms a key (gay street is the middle bit, Queen square is bit you put in the keyhole, and the circus is that other bit)





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mmmh... no, it's not the same... although I can't tell the difference

but limestone should be more vulnerable to acid.... *evil grin*
it is , many of the detailed mouldings and ornaments on the buildings in the area (the Cotswold and old Avon area) are rather worn because of it
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:07 AM   #16
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Wonderful pics Helium

I love that bridge - its like a mini version of the old old London Bridge

I really want to go to Bath now, perhaps i will have plan a trip to the West Country and take in Bath and Bristol and drag some friends along (even though they are boring and never want to appreciate architecture....they'd rather sit in a pub, blahhh)
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Some Good Photos and great architecture.
Was surprised how big the centre was when i visited the other year.
Theirs a little Building museum tucked away in a old chapel, with a big model of the city.
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One of the most beautiful cities in the world... I enjoyed every single one of those pictures!! Keep your threads coming!!!

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Helium i dont know how you did it but you also missed the Weir - undoubtably one of Baths most twee sights...

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i'll be sure to take a better pic of that area next time im down there with the camera It's weird though, despite its charm the city really turns its back on the river (the only decent bit is the weir and Pultney bit) unlike other places of a similar nature, but i guess thats understanderble seeing as it was an open sewer for hundreds of years

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Wonderful pics Helium

I love that bridge - its like a mini version of the old old London Bridge

I really want to go to Bath now, perhaps i will have plan a trip to the West Country and take in Bath and Bristol and drag some friends along (even though they are boring and never want to appreciate architecture....they'd rather sit in a pub, blahhh)
well, if its pubs they want, then the wezcun'ree is the the right place to do so (and other stuff too...)
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