Friday, December 14, 2012

Penner's Spotlight - Sarah Smith - England

Pens on a World Map
Penner's Spotlight
Penner: Sarah Smith of Louisiana

Location: Bath, England

The lovely Bath Abbey
What a beautiful place to visit! When my best friend, Morgan Tarpley, was telling me about what cities we were going to visit during our three-week adventure through the British Isles and Ireland, Bath was one of the places I was excited to see. Jane Austen lived in Bath during a period of time in her life. We arrived in Bath on a Friday. The first stop was the hostel to drop our bags off and explore the city.
The Bath Backpacker’s Hostel is a colorful one with writing all over the wall from the different people who have visited. Our arrival in Bath could not have been more perfect. There was a music festival going on in the middle of town. Music is one of my passions.

The colorful Bath hostel
That evening, Morgan and I attended a wonderful performance by young up-and-coming singer/songwriter Ruth Royall from Bristol. The free concert was extra special because it was held in the pump room at the site of the famous Royal Baths next to the beautiful Bath Abbey. We sat on the floor and enjoyed listening to her musical talent. Hear her music here.
Tea at the Jane Austen Museum's Mr. Darcy Tearoom in Bath
The next day, Morgan and I ventured into the city to visit the Jane Austen Museum, which is just down the street from the townhouse where Jane Austen lived while in Bath. The museum was really neat with costumes and items from different film versions of Jane Austen’s books.
After the tour of the museum, we went upstairs to the Regency Tea Room (they called it Mr. Darcy’s tearoom) where we enjoyed cups of raspberry tea and a piece of chocolate cake. Our next trip around Bath was to the Royal Crescent were Jane Austen walked and probably thought about writing. Bath is a wonderful and quiet place to visit. I know I would love to go there again.

Have you taken a fun trip with your best friend? Have you visited England? We'd love to hear about it. Please join the discussion in the comments.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith has always loved numbers more than words...that's why she's an accountant. She does, however, love to travel, which she has done all her life with her family and friends. She currently works in accounting at a major Louisiana university and spends her time with family, friends and her little dog, Audrey (named after the great Audrey Hepburn of course!).

She also happens to be the childhood best friend of "Pens on a World Map" founder Morgan Tarpley. She and Morgan were blessed to spend three weeks backpacking through the U.K. and Ireland together as well as taking numerous family vacations and road trips over the years. Sarah can be found on Facebook here. For more information about the tea room in Bath, click here.

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  1. What a fun trip! I was able to spend a day in London last year, but hope to go back and visit Bath someday.

    1. Hi Tina!

      Thanks for commenting! We did have a lot of fun! :) Bath is lovely and I'd recommend it to anyone for a nice day trip out of London. I'm planning a return trip for May 2013.

      I checked out your neat blog! I'd love for you to do a guest post about running in Norway or something. That sounds cool! The link for posting instructions is at the end of the blog post above.

      Happy Travels & Merry Christmas!

  2. What fun! And what a memorable trip that must have been, backpacking for three weeks through such beautiful country. I got to visit Bath for one day when I was in England--it's a beautiful city, isn't it? But I don't remember hearing about Mr. Darcy's tea room!

    1. Hi Kiersti!

      It was a great trip. Bath is one of my favorite cities! :) The tea room is actually the Regency Tea Room but they called it "Mr. Darcy's Tearoom" too. I added a link at the end of Sarah's bio for the tea room's website. You'll love it!

      Well Merry Christmas! ttyl

  3. I love Bath! Especially the Roman baths--but that water did 'not' look inviting as it was rather green when I was there.

    Great post!

    1. Me too! I can't wait until we go there next year! Tea with Mr. Darcy! :)