Monday, 23 November 2009

A Special Shopping Street



What's unusual about this little parade of shops in Bath?

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

When my husband first brought me along this road, and asked approximately that question, I was stumped.

I had a good look around: it's a sweet little road, with a number of boutique and independent shops, but nothing that really stood out.

Then, he walked me round to where you can see the other side of the same buildings:

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

When you're on the street it doesn't feel like a bridge at all. You could walk - or drive - across, and never be any the wiser if no-one told you. Whoever thought of this was a genius... isn't it adorable?

Here's another view, this time from the path along the river. I'd love to go inside one of the little rooms 'downstairs' inside the supports, with the little round windows.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath


23 comments:

Louiz said...

Mmmm, I love Bath. I'm fairly sure I've been on that street, and not noticed. I really like little architectural quirks like that.

liliannattel said...

Thanks so much for posting these photos. It made me smile. What a lovely marvel.

Diane said...

OK, that? Is very cool.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Pultney Bridge, lord that takes me back! Thanks for the reminder.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Oooh, how lovely! Bath's been on our list of places to visit for ages, (being Jane Austen fans and all), but we've not yet made it. When we get back to the UK, I hope we can go and see it in person. These photos have really fired my curiosity, thanks for posting them.=)

Thanks also for your comments on my blogs. I'm just getting the feel of the various aspects of linguistics and there are some I'd like to know a bit more about. Chinese is indeed a fun language and a great deal more accessible than most Westerners fear. I've been working with it for over 14 years so far and am enjoying intensive classes here in Taiwan again now.

My stitching blog used to be pale green with green writing and 4 different pictures at the top. The overall style was the same though, I don't have enough techy know-how to change much of the template.=)

Embroidery isn't that hard to get started with and I really love the fact that, unlike many things, including reading and computer use, it's a sociable hobby - you can stitch and talk to others at the same time. I started out by trying a few patterns in cross stitch magazines and kits, then moved on to other styles through detailed instructions in mags, books, booklets and kits. If you really are interested, I'd suggest trying out a small cross stitch kit, something like a bookmark that you can use afterwards as well and see where it takes you.

Oh, I too am veggie, with serious vegan leanings. I do let the odd bit of egg and dairy slip in out here in Taiwan as they just don't have the vegan goodies we can get at home. Seems like we have plenty of interests in common.=)

Have a good week!

Toni said...

So quaint and pretty - makes me realise why I love this country at times :)

julie70 said...

I had the same suprise in Bath! how different they look,

then I went back, and looked inside the stores, from some of them one can see through to the river (but they were clothing...)

J said...

I seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time walking back and forth over this bridge when I was in Bath. I loved the pub just on the 'suburb' side of the bridge with the huge beer garden - but then again I did visit in June!

acornmoon said...

Hello to you and thanks for visiting my blog.

Bath is a lovely town, I was amazed by that street the first time I saw it too.

Great photographs of the green woodpecker. Lucky you to have such a visitor.

Fly Girl said...

Wow, how intriguing! I'd love to go in and around those buildings to see the different views.

Honorablyfallen said...

thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate it ~Sarahlynn

Simon said...

I’m afraid my only visit to Bath, many years ago, was to go to a secondhand bookshop (at least a shop for selling secondhand books); I’m afraid I didn’t have the time to wander round and appreciate the place. I feel sorry I didn’t see this little beauty (and I’m faintly embarrassed that I’d never heard of its existence).


By the way, with regard to having comment moderation to avoid using word verification, you might try doing without either. That’s what I do, and I haven’t had any spam comments in nearly a year at Blogger.

Miss Vintage Vixen said...

THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!
I WISH YOU LOVED IN CALIFORNIA!!
SO I CAN BUY YOUR TYPEWRITER!!!

He he he...

Ashley said...

Gorgeous photos!

Welcome to SITS as well. :)

Ashley @ germato.com

Quincifer said...

Ooooh I've always wanted to go to Bath! I used to live in Cornwall and have been to Cheddar...Bath is on my list and this road/bridge most certainly is something I wanna see!
Thanks for sharing :)

Stopped by from SITS.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Oh wow! I've walked down that street several times before and I never knew it was a bridge!

Blimey, I feel ever so slightly foolish now for not noticing!

Bagman and Butler said...

As long as you don't leave one the shops by the back door.

Holyoke Home said...

Oh my! You won't find anything like that here in Massachusetts! Thanks for stopping by!

Carl said...

Very, very cool. Another place to stop when my wife and I finally get to visit England.

Carl

Samantha Gianulis said...

You are so fortunate to live in a place so rich in history. My family is from Wessex and Bristol - but that was long ago!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I would love to go back to Bath. I was there briefly after college and was far to poor and exhausted to really enjoy it.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

@Carl -- Yes, you should definitely put Bath on your "Must See" list when you get to the UK. It's truly gorgeous and there's lots to see there, from the Roman-era baths (hence the name of the town) onwards!

Jeanne said...

I've been to Bath -- wonder if I crossed this bridge without even knowing it?

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