July 11, 2019: Pursuing Love

The day had arrived! July 11, 2019. Our Tenth anniversary.

We woke up in Plymouth but had an early start to depart on our next train. We wanted to get going to enjoy the remainder of the day in the city of Bath, named after the ancient Roman bathhouses initially built there.

When we arrived, we found a bustling city. College graduates filled the streets, still wearing their caps and gowns, posing for family pictures everywhere we turned. Tiffany’s sweet tooth wouldn’t let us walk by the giant Swiss meringues sitting in the window of The Cornish Bakehouse, so we ordered a raspberry and white chocolate meringue to enjoy while we walked.

We considered touring a replica of a Roman bathhouse but instead opted to take quiet refuge in the Parade Gardens. The gardens are open for residents to roam freely, but, as visitors, we had to pay a small fee to enter. We enjoyed our stroll through the garden, stopping to photograph the river Avon, the Statue of Peace that stood at the stairs to the entrance, and the oldest ruin in the city known as Monk’s Mill. 

Statue of Peace

River Avon

Monk's Mill Ruins

In Bath, we planned to celebrate our anniversary with two uniquely British experiences. The first was to find a spot that served traditional cream tea (tea with scones and clotted cream). The Georgian Tearoom fit the bill, so we took a seat on the patio under a large umbrella, a tremendous relief from the hot Arizona weather we had left behind, and anxiously awaited the tasty treat. The staff wore traditional fare and served the scones and tea on exquisite tableware. We felt like we were nobility on Downton Abbey

For the second, we dearly wanted to have a spa experience while in the city of Bath. The city is known for its natural thermal waters, filled with minerals believed in providing healing benefits during Roman times and used by the Celts before them. Since none of the original baths remain, we learned in our research that the Thermae Bath Spa used thermal waters throughout their spas. When we booked the “Twilight for Two” package, we had four hours to enjoy their various spas, including an outdoor pool on the roof, a whole floor of different saunas, another large pool on the ground floor, plus dinner! Taking this time to slow down and sit quietly in each of the sauna rooms, let us reminisce over our treasured memories from our ten years of marriage. God has truly blessed us with good health, an abundance of friends and family, and unforgettable experiences like this one.