Saturday, 7 September 2013

Friday in Bath.

 A River Avon trip boat waits for customers at Pulteney Bridge.

There has been so little rain recently, that the River Avon is flowing gracefully underneath Pulteney Bridge and over the weir, as it makes its way towards the Bristol Channel.  I was in Bath for a quiet chat and coffee with a friend, and for a meeting of the Bath/Braunschweig Twinning Association in the "Mayor's Parlour" in the Guildhall.  In spite of a dodgy weather forecast, the day was lovely, with bright sunshine and pleasantly cooler than of late. 

A lone guitarist plays loud music outside the Roman Baths.

 The city was as busy as ever, with many tourists still thronging the usual tourist sites.  We found a quiet cafe near the Theatre Royal for a cuppa, and then walked back and sat outside the Roman Baths, had a bite to eat, and watched the tourists walking past.   A guitarist provided us with some music, that was much too loud for our tastes, but we stayed put and watched the Americans, Chinese, French, Japanese and other members of the human race walk past, eating ice cream and often lead by a flag waving tour guide.  The photo above seems to have missed the sunshine and the crowds.

 An elegant 18th century staircase in the Guildhall.

It was good to see all my friends again on the BBTA committee, and to catch up on all the news.  We talked at length about the Bath Childrens' Choir visit to Braunschweig last June, an event that helped forge an even closer link between the two cities.   I will be giving a talk about my stay in Braunschweig, complete with a slide show, at our next meeting on October 4th.

All the former mayors of Bath have their photographs hanging on a wall near the Mayor's Parlour.

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