November 21, 2010

My UK Trip: From Bath to Stratford!

Posted in English, Places, Reflections at 2:14 am by Rou...

That thought that somewhere in time there existed in the place I am now someone else; walked on these steps, breathed that air… had a life… that unusual idea has always fascinated me… and the fact of walking the steps of someone you somehow know about his/her life was even more fascinating to me… like that feeling that I got walking in the streets of Bloomsbury square in London… with every step you feel the words of Charles Dickens, or the writings of Virginia Woolf… or any of the great people, artists, novelists who once upon a time walked these very same steps I was walking…

This very same thought was the main reason we decided to visit two close cities to London; Bath and Stratford, just to smell the air that Jane Austen and William Shakespeare once breathed…


The city of Bath… what a place!


A whole city that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 is such a wonderful place with outstanding combination of beautiful 18th Century architecture, old Roman remains, hot springs and a marvellous green landscape setting…


You cannot visit Bath without seeing stunning sights such as the Royal Crescent, Circus, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge… The city is linked together through well-preserved and neat passageways making it a sight to behold …


Even though Bath’s most famous resident wasn’t in love with Bath, but the city’s influence on her cannot be missed… Jane Austen set two of her six published novels, “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”, in Bath and made the city her home from 1801 to 1806… A visit to the Jane Austen Centre will tell you all about this great lady…


In Chapter Two of her “Northanger Abbey” Austen writes;
“They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; – her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel. She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already.”


Yes, Bath can simply leave you happy… 🙂


Stratford-upon-Avon… a wonderful surprise in the heart of England… that’s what they call it…


Set in the beautiful rural countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the quietest places I have ever been to… A cosy town that I don’t think it have changed or will ever change in hundreds of years… A place where people are quite, friendly, with a sort of a family bond that you can sense in their eyes…


Visiting the house where the world’s most famous play writer was born and grew up is truly awe inspiring… It is a place where you will get to discover the fascinating story of Shakespeare’s early years, and see where he spent the first five years with his wife “Anne Hathaway” (Her house is opened for visit too)… See how his father earned his living as a glove maker and explore the house and its amazing garden…


“Nobody has affected us as Shakespeare did, if it wasn’t for him, imagine what we would be missing today…”


This was the ending phrase of the exhibition simulating Shakespeare’s world just before entering his house… very true, isn’t it…?


One of the very interesting things that I got to know during the visit was the fact that Charles Dickens was one of the major contributors with money to renovate Shakespeare’s birthplace… and I cannot possibly describe how much I felt knowing this… how unique and amazing these people were… and I cannot but feel sad while writing this today, knowing that just a few days ago was Taha Hussein’s birthday, and not a single piece of news about one of the most influential 20th century Egyptian writers and intellectuals… what a pity…


Anyways…
Rou… 

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3 Comments »

  1. lost and found said,

    begad za3lan menek

  2. Rou... said,

    I wanted to meet you, bas walahy ya Ramy I dont have contacts for you there…

  3. lost and found said,

    How can i get a hold of you?
    Please contact me on metal_ashes@yahoo.com..please ya Rou..okay?!


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