Thursday, 30 April 2009

Skull and Pictures

This shot was taken at our favourite Saturday antique market where we spied this skull sitting on a chair. Yorrick was nowhere to be seen! I used to have a stall at this market years ago selling bric a brac and 1930's/1940's items. It was then housed in the old tramshed which has now been converted into offices and a bar. (Like much of Bath which seems to slowly be turning into shops offices and restaurants!)

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria presides over the doorway to the Victoria Art Gallery. This gallery holds exhibitions as well as having a permanent collection. Sometimes I like to go and just sit in the museum and watch people wander around and enjoy the silence and the art.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009


These were spotted in a window in the city. I just noticed you can also see me taking the shot! Cupcakes are all the rage here and there are shops opening dedicated to selling only these cakes! I love them for their pretty icing and colourful toppings. Just the thing to munch on whilst wandering round the streets of Bath!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Bath Abbey Courtyard

This picture marks a radical departure for us as it actually shows Bath full of people! At this time of year the city starts to get busy and the courtyard outside of the abbey is a popular area when the sun is shining.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Bath Buskers

This brightly dressed man plays a unique spin on Bob Marley. He only plays Bob Marley. And mainly the same track, No Woman No Cry! Anyway, he is colourful and popular and a constant presence in the main shopping drag in the city. Amongst all of the sober architecture and Georgian formality he cuts a fine figure.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

More Spring Loveliness!

This was taken a few days ago in the Botanical Gardens in Bath and shows beautiful spring flowers. It was really the most amazing sunny day and everything felt alive and buzzing! Funny how in this weather people are also a lot friendlier and tend to smile more and even stop to chat!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The Salamander

This is the Salamander pub in Bath. It is probably our favourite pub of all. They serve Bath Ales, which are Tom's tipple of choice. With such names as Wild Hare, Dark Hare, Barnstormer, Gem and Rare Hare, there is something for all lovers of real ale! This is a proper old fashioned place with wooden benches, dark panelled walls and good food. We happily spend Saturday lunchtime in here with newspapers and our morning's shopping and just chill out!

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Giant Heads

This giant pair of heads stand in Abbey Churchyard. They have been created by the wonderful artist Sophie Ryder out of carefully constructed wire. They look majestic and imposing in this part of Bath and are attracting a lot of attention from the constant stream of visitors to the Churchyard.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Bath Abbey

This is the side of Bath Abbey and on the left a section of the upper part of the Roman Baths. This is a great place to sit on the benches and have a sandwich in the sun and people-watch. It is incredible to think of the amount of archaeology still lying underneath all of this paving as the original Baths complex included temples and many other buildings and covered a huge area. Hopefully we will be bringing some images of the Baths soon.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Statues at the Roman Baths

These amazing figures are part of an installation by the artist Sophie Ryder. She produces incredible sculptures of hares and other animals. Her main exhibition is being held at the Victoria Art Gallery as well as in the Abbey churchyard and here by the Roman Baths. This was the only way to capture the image without thousands of tourists standing in the way!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

More Royal Crescent

Another view of the famous Royal Crescent. I love the classical grandeur of these houses and wish I lived in one! Visitors from all over the world flock to see this amazing piece of architecture, although the tourist buses have been stopped from driving around it as the street is cobbled and the residents did not like the noise!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

All the fun of the fair!

The fair has come to Bath. We spent a happy hour taking photos and then had a go on the dodgems and the waltzer! Good fun on a Bank Holiday Monday! We hope you all had a good Easter!

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Friday, 10 April 2009

Happy Easter Everyone

We would like to wish all our City Photo friends a very happy and peaceful Easter and hope that you all get out into the lovely spring weather. Thank you for all your support on our blog and we look forward to bringing you many more images of our lovely city over the summer months.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Magnolia Grandiflora at The Royal Crescent

This Magnolia grows at the front of the Royal Crescent Hotel and makes the hotel building stand out from the rest of the houses on the crescent which all look very uniform. The hotel is a favourite place for celebrities and our more well=heeled visitors to Bath!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Locks and Bolts at Bath Market

This is a polaroid shot taken at Bath Saturday antiques market at the Cattle Market. It's a regular haunt of ours and this stall is always there, selling all manner of old locks and keys and door knockers, handles and curtain rings! I took this on my old Polaroid Land Camera SX-70 using 600 film and a neutral density filter. It explains the blueish hue of the image! Anyway, we hope you like it!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Botanical Gardens Bath

Bath Botanical Gardens are awash with loveliness at the moment. It's hard to take a duff photo with so much blossom! This is a shot of my favourite Magnolia, there are about six of them in this part of the gardens together with amazing cherry blossom. Squirrels also abound and are bold enough to approach humans to beg for food! Photos of them another time. We have always loved going to these gardens as they are so tranquil and beautiful, not far from the city centre, I have seen badgers in there as well as foxes and the ubiquitous squirrel!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Pulteney Bridge

I love this unusual shot of the Pulteney Bridge. A very picturesque bridge with shops on it, rather similar to the Pont Vecchio in Florence. You can also glimpse the buildings on the other side of the river as well as the Georgian collonaded walkway by the river. Above it is the side of the Victoria Art Gallery and Guildhall.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Brock Street

Brock Street. It connects the Royal Crescent with the Circus. Beautiful houses and on one side they back directly onto Victoria Park. What we would give to live here!

Friday, 3 April 2009

Magnolia Courtyard

All of the houses at the Royal Crescent have courtyard gardens in their basements. We loved this one and especially with the magnolia blossom petals strewn on the paving stones. Each courtyard is different, some full of plants, some empty. If we had one it would be stuffed with plants!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Green People in Bath

There are lots of green people living in Bath! Not really. But there are lots of street performers in the area around the Abbey and Pump Rooms, buskers, circus performers, living statues, a man who stands still with a pigeon on his head as well as bands and classical music groups. I love this image! (Tom took it!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Daffodils and Allotments

This shot was taken at the back of Malborough Buildings which face on to the Royal Crescent gardens. At the back are wonderful allotments which have a waiting list of over two years! There are not many public spaces for allotments in Bath so these are highly sought after.