Bath, United Kingdom

Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture. Here are my recommended places to visit:

  1. Roman Baths and Pump house – The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.
  2. Bath Abbey – The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
  3. The Royal Crescent and Victoria Park – The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent with a park near by. No. 1 Royal Crescent is also a museum if you wish to see the interior. 20180307_12485120180307_12595420180307_130144
  4. Parade Gardens and Pulteney Bridge – You can catch a great view of Pulteney Bridge from the Parade Gardens as well as opposite the Gardens, so why not walk a short circular loop. Designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, the bridge is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides.
  5. Sally Lunn’s for their buns – Bath’s oldest house (c.1483), home of the famous Sally Lunn Bun (a semi-sweet bread) and tearoom. I tried the salt beef and cinnamon bun.
  6. Jane Austen Centre and Regency Tea Room – Small museum chronicling the life and times of the famous writer, Jane Austen, plus Regency tearoom.20180307_142052

Trento and Asiago, Italy

Trento is a city in the Trentino–Alto Adige region of northern Italy. I was lucky enough to have had a local friend take me around which also included visiting Lake caldonazzo and Asiago town. Catch the Christmas markets if you go in December! Top 5 recommendations:

  1. Visit Piaza Fiera where you can find the Christmas market selling local products and food stalls. You will have to try Goulash and plantain, a common dish here. Just outside Trento train station there is also a nice park (although I was told the park was created to try improve the safety of that particular area, so be careful).23915698_10157236784318849_1989658320170067178_n 

  2. Trento Cathedral, featuring a rose window and a baroque chapel, sits on Piazza Duomo and Neptune fountain right in front. And diagonal from the cathedral, behind the fountain, you can find Case Cazuffi-Rella, a Renaissance building with a frescoed facade (washed out painting on the building, bottom left image). 

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  3. Loacker cafe! Even though it’s an Austrian brand, they have a dedicated Loacker cafe in the city centre, great for breakfast.20171126_112225
  4. Lake Caldonazzo. In the Summer, a lot of people visit from Germany to chill here23844460_10157236784208849_4957956520050855077_n
  5. Asiago town centre – a minor township in the surrounding plateau region in the Province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. It took about 1h to drive from Trento, passing by the lake along the way.23915626_10157236783463849_4248685400442187806_n23915680_10157236783518849_1867737988198450114_n23843552_10157236783603849_1755541038535597556_n