Our Trip to Bath

I’ve been wanting to visit Bath since I moved to England and now that we have our own car is so much easier to just go on a road trip. If you’ve never even heard of Bath, it’s a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, it’s famous for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture.

We checked in at The Old Mill Hotel where we spent only a night. It’s a simple hotel with really nice views of the river Avon. I must say I didn’t enjoy breakfast. There wasn’t a lot of choices and there was no cheese, at all. Cheese is just too important for me, so I was disappointed. We didn’t spend much time at the hotel because we wanted to explore Bath as much as possible.

Early in the morning, we headed to the Thermae spa and it was one of the best experiences I had in my life. I’m a very big fan of spas but I’m a bigger fan of a rooftop pool, especially when it has such a beautiful view. So here is a list of the rooms we’ve tried and what I thought of each:

The Roman Steam Room – with hand-crafted, traditional stone seating and fluted columns, the steam was infused with the stimulating aroma of botanicals and flowers. It was too much steam for me though so I didn’t even last 3 minutes inside.

The Georgian Steam Room – Elegant surroundings, warm light and garden scenes fill the space, while water trickles from an ornate fountain. This was one of my favourites because of the floral fragrance and steam.

The Infrared Room – It transmits soothing infrared waves of light deep into the muscles and joints. I kind of freaked out when I started seeing all of the veins in my body but got used to it after a few minutes and it was really relaxing.

The Ice Chamber – In contrast to the warmth of the steam rooms and sauna, it was great to step into a distinctly different environment with menthol-infused mist swirling around a giant ice trough. I took a handful of flaked ice from the trough and rubbed gently over my body to reduce surface temperature, close skin pores and gently exfoliate.

The Celestial Relaxation Room – Another dimension with twinkling lights, five heated loungers, warm fragrant air, and calming sounds. I think it would be nicer it if the temperature was higher.

The Experience Showers – I’ve never tried Chromotherapy before but I’m definitely a fan! The piano music playing in the background turned it into a perfect experience.

Besides these rooms, we enjoyed a session at the indoor pool and the rooftop pool, which was pure heaven.

For lunch, we had in mind trying a local pub so we didn’t make any reservation and just started walking until we found something. And that’s when we spotted a Spanish restaurant and our love for tapas made us quickly forget about the pub. The restaurant was La Perla and the service was really good, especially because we got to practice our Spanish.

After lunch, we went for a walk around town to check a few local stores but the weather wasn’t great and we had to return home that evening so we left with plans to go back during summer time and spend a few more days trying other spas and restaurants.

For more information, prices and opening times visit the following links:

The hotel – The Old Mill Hotel

The Spa – Thermae spa

The restaurant – La Perla

 

 

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Thrill Grill Amsterdam

This is the last Amsterdam post and I would be sad if it weren’t for all of the other travel posts on the queue.

On our last day in Amsterdam, right a few hours before we took our flight back to London, we made sure we had a decent meal in a nice place, just like all of the other days in the city.

So that’s when I read about Thrill Grill and its Michelin-starred chef Robert Kranenborg who is known for his many experiments in the culinary field. The restaurant has an amazing wood-fire oven and the food was unquestionably one of my top 10 meals.

I must say the only thing I didn’t enjoy about the restaurant was how cold it was! They really need to get some heaters turned on, especially during these cold months in Amsterdam. I would definitely enjoy the meal even more if I was warmer.

We’ve ordered the classic beef thriller with gouda cheese and André went for the Steak and Fries, the best he has ever had, he said.

The food was so delicious we had to go and compliment the chef before leaving the restaurant.

You can check prices and opening times at Thrill Grill on TripAdvisor

And with this post I say goodbye to Amsterdam, hope to see you very soon but with warmer weather. Next time I’ll take the risk and hope on a bike. It’s a promise.

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The Cheese Museum Amsterdam

The time has arrived for me to write about my Amsterdam trip highlight – The Cheese Museum.

Before heading to the Anne Frank museum we did some cheese tasting. Did you know that Dutch cheese has more than 600 years long tradition and the names of different sorts of cheese are often taken from different cities in the Netherlands – Gouda, Edam, Leerdammer, Leyden, Maaslander, Maasdam, etc?

The cheese museum is a shop with also an exhibition part and where the staff wears traditional Dutch clothes. We tasted the different varieties of traditional Dutch Gouda cheese and then we visited the Gouda cheese museum where there were educational videos and pictures about the history and the production of Dutch cheese.

There is also a photo booth where we dressed up as Dutch farmers and took a picture, well, a few.

So if you’re a big fan of cheese and you are going to the Anne Frank museum, you should definitely visit the cheese museum which is right across the street. Just a heads up! The admission is free of charge, but you’ll probably end up buying a lot of cheese!

For more information, such as opening hours and address, visit The Cheese Museum on TripAdvisor.

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