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Christmas In Bath | The Walking Dead Episodes

December 29, 2016
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It’s my first Christmas as an expat out of the Middle East and I couldn’t be happier that I’m celebrating it here in England. I think living in London makes me more and more of an Anglophile specially since this place has satiated my obsession of Christmas. Christmas lights, Christmas markets and Christmas trees have sprung out of nowhere and delighted me in more ways than one. I wanted to take it all in however work got in the way so I wasn’t able to explore it as much as I wanted to. I do believe though that I was a on a winning streak with everything that I was able to visit in such a short span of time.

Christmas in Bath, PinayFlyingHigh.com

The Roman Baths

For Christmas we decided to spend it in Bath, a place I’ve been dying to see even before moving to London. It’s a town in the countrysideย Southwest of England famous for its Roman baths and Georgian architecture. I had no time to plan anything for this trip, not even for a quick research as I was working pretty much up to the day of our trip. A few blogger friends did recommend for me to contact a few of their favorite establishments in Bath for a possible collaboration but I’ve declined as I wanted this trip to be as enjoyable as possible without having to put my blogger hat on. It’s Christmas after all.

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Pulteney Bridge

Having had such an extravagant Christmas displays and events in and around London, I seriously thought that the whole country (or region) would be just the same on Christmas day itself. I couldn’t be more wrong, everything was closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26th December). I already knew that the tourist attractions would be closed during these days but I wasn’t expecting that even the restaurants, cafes and shops would be closed as well.

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The Royal Crescent

We woke up on Christmas day all giddy and excited to see how this event is celebrated in Bath only to find an empty city – a ghost town. It looked like it came straight out of a scene from The Walking Dead. “Did the world end and we don’t know about it yet?” The Greek Mister asked as we walked around the city trying to find a coffee shop for a dose of caffeine that we both badly needed at that time of the day. We came across the only thing open in the whole of Bath, the Apres Ski Lodge of the Abbey Hotel which served horrible coffee and good, cold beer.

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Good photo opportunity though with streets as empty as this.

We decided to go to Bristol to check out the Christmas scene there, thinking that since it’s a big city then it would be livelier. The zombie apocalypse reached this city too apparently as it was the exact same scenario, everything’s closed and not a soul in sight except for a few homeless people to whom my heart goes out to. I was saddened to see them huddled together with no roof and no walls to protect them from the cold on a Christmas day. It brought me to shame really to see people dealing with real problems while the problem I was facing that day was I couldn’t find a place to eat my lunch. Seeing them, I don’t think they’ve eaten anything for a few days.

Empty streets of Bristol on a Christmas Day.

Empty streets of Bristol on a Christmas Day.

Anyway, after a failed trip to Bristol we went back to Bath and tried our luck once again. Still at 4:30pm, nothing was open. We went back to the Apres Ski Lodge to have a glass of beer and we were informed that they’ll be closing for the day at 5pm. So the only place where we could have a decent glass of beer kicked us out. Lol.

Apres Ski Bar, Abbey Hotel, Bath

Apres Ski Lodge in Abbey Hotel, take note of this if you’re headed to Bath next year for Christmas. They’re the only one open. ๐Ÿ™‚

We walked around some more and we were THISCLOSE to ordering a takeaway fried chicken from a small shop which was packed at that time since it was the only thing open in the whole of Bath. We were walking towards the chicken shop when a few tourists caught our eye, they were checking out a Thai restaurant and were discussing among themselves. I couldn’t understand what they were talking about but it seemed to me like they knew something that we don’t so I went to the other side of the restaurant where they also have a small Asian store and asked the store clerk if the restaurant will be open for the day. She said yes, holy crap! We were actually going to eat something decent for Christmas!

The restaurant will open at 6pm which meant that we had to wait for 30 minutes, it’s really better than not being able to eat anything at all. Thankfully, the restaurant served great food. That or we were just really famished. Restaurant name is Thai Balcony, in case you’re wondering.

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Thank you Thai Balcony. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was all new to me and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting that Bath would be a ghost town for Christmas. I’ve spent 9 Christmas Days in the Middle East and every single one of them were lively and joyful. Everything and everyone’s in a festive mood with all the establishments operating normal business hours. But I guess it does make sense, Christmas is not a public holiday in the Middle East and it’s just being celebrated for the expat community. If you do go in a place where Christmas is a public holiday, it just makes sense that people would want to observe this holiday and close their businesses to spend time with their families.

Christmas in Bath, PinayFlyingHigh.com

In the Philippines where Christmas is such a huge deal, almost everything will be closed on Christmas Eve. We celebrate Christmas from the night before so it does makes sense that establishments will be closed this time. I guess having lived in the Middle East for such a long time, I forgot how it feels like to have an actual Christmas holiday being observed.

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The Circus, Bath.

The next day, there were a lot more establishments open in Bath but the majority is still closed being a Boxing Day. The streets were livelier with all the shoppers taking advantage of all the good boxing day deals and I do believe that if you plan on doing your boxing day shopping, you should absolutely do it in Bath rather than in London. It’s less stressful in Bath.

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The Stonehenge.

As we’re not really into shopping, we instead went to see the Stonehenge which is only an hour away from Bath. On our way back, we also passed by one of the pretty Cotswold villages called Bradford on Avon. We spent a good few hours there but just the same, most of the establishments were closed.

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Bradford on Avon

On the 27th of December, Bath was once again in full swing. The Walking Dead episodes we’ve had there were finished and everything is back in business. Unfortunately, we were on our way back to London. It was still a good holiday break for me, I still enjoyed the beauty of Bath, the Stonehenge and Bradford on Avon in fact – I consider myself lucky as I was able to explore these places without having to deal with huge crowds. It was a good preview of what our next Christmas will be if our expat lives will (hopefully) keep us in England, stay at home and try to cook one of those turkeys. Lol.

Christmas in Bath, PinayFlyingHigh.com

The Bath Abbey.

P.S. According to a friend of mine who was in London during Christmas Day, everything as well was closed in the big city. So yes, I guess if you’re a tourist in England during Christmas you should be warned. ๐Ÿ™‚

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24 Comments

  • Reply annie lee January 24, 2017 at 08:20

    ohh this takes me back to the time i was in bath, 2 years ago now, whoa! it feels like yesterday.. such a beautiful city don’t you think? really enjoyed your photos ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 28, 2017 at 09:23

      Thank you Annie, did you stay in Bath then? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I want to live there. :p

  • Reply Manju January 9, 2017 at 07:29

    Noemi, the place and pictures looks so charming.. Happy New Year!!

    I donno if it sounds odd, but i like to walk down the empty streets.. And if it is a winter morning, then..perfect!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    But not empty stomach. Good you finally found a place for food.

    Back in my home town in India on festival day, all the shops and restaurant remains closed. Some will open by evening and other won’t. Festival means family time ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is a good thing that people like us who stay away from family have much options here in Middle East to celebrate festival and have delicious food

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 28, 2017 at 09:29

      Yes, I believe so too that the festival time should be spent with families. I have completely forgotten about how we celebrate Christmas in the Philippines as it’s been a long time since I left and celebrated that holiday there. Lol.

  • Reply Sofia January 8, 2017 at 13:07

    I went to Bristol and Bath years ago and thought it was sooo beautiful! My regret is that I didn’t have time to go to Stonehenge. I was working in a Boots pharmacy during that period, and my colleagues got a few packets of medicines, set them up in a circle on the table as if Stonehenge, and said: there you go, just like that ๐Ÿ˜€ Wishing you all the best for this year!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 29, 2017 at 09:50

      LOL. You should go see it soon, I don’t think the packets of medicines will make up for it. Lol. Good try for your colleagues though. :p

  • Reply Mitzie Mee January 3, 2017 at 17:11

    I also wanted to have a blogging-free christmas, but because of the weather, there wasn’t much else to do than blogging, so I squeezed out a few posts anyway:) Bath looks absolutely beautiful and the empty streets sounds like Denmark during Christmas. I was in Bath 20 years ago, but I don’t remember anything. I guess I was busy spending my GBPs on candy and Blur CDs. Happy new year!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 29, 2017 at 09:52

      I think it’s time to go back to Bath to refresh your memory. :p

  • Reply PINAYSKATTEBASSE January 2, 2017 at 23:19

    Oh no… Should we have a food mobile car in Bath next Christmas? LOL. It will be a hit. Nonetheless you had Bath pretty much for yourselves? ๐Ÿ™‚ Charge to experience. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Reply Waz December 31, 2016 at 21:45

    Celebrating Christmas in England sounds wonderful, and your photos make Bath look so charming! It’s a shame that everything was closed, but it makes sense that people would rather spend the day with their families. Hahah, it does remind me of scenes out of The Walking Dead (minus all the blood and guts everywhere)!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 29, 2017 at 09:53

      If Darryl from the Walking Dead was there, it would’ve been awesome! :p

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) December 30, 2016 at 15:09

    I loved Bath when I visited in summer a long time ago:) Happy 2017!
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  • Reply AlicevstheWorld December 30, 2016 at 08:09

    I’m glad you enjoyed Christmas in England! I know that I’m biased as a Brit but Christmas is quite pretty in the UK. Pity everywhere in Bath was closed though!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 31, 2016 at 11:40

      I think they celebrate Christmas day as how it’s supposed to be celebrated, with the family hence businesses should be closed. It was just very new to me but I know I’ll get used to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Photo Cache December 29, 2016 at 18:00

    Me…salivating. I dream of visiting UK forever.

    Happy New Year!
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  • Reply Trainswestcan2espano December 29, 2016 at 13:11

    OOPs near forgot, Love that smile, tho fish eye lens doesn’t do justice with the ‘selfie’.
    From us to you, good wishes for a very happy new year too.

  • Reply Trainswestcan2espano December 29, 2016 at 13:07

    WHAT? You not into shopping? Not what I read.
    Glad you found the visit pleasing. A few mile south a village Bebbington lies, where I found B&B fit for king and queen at a farmhouse.
    A reasonable, nay a most reasonable fare and a price so economical.
    But driving into the town from the M4 to be confronted by those rows of terrace houses, was magnificent, crossing the bridge and the horseshoe water ‘fall’, you go out the top road to Bebbington where I found a quaint Post Office and bakery.

  • Reply Marie December 29, 2016 at 10:55

    You should have asked me! Yes, The UK is a Christian country. Christmas is a big deal here. Everyone visits friends and family and eats huge meals together and exchange gifts. We all stay home as it is a big family time!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 31, 2016 at 11:43

      And that’s how it’s supposed to be. :p It was just different for me but I know I’ll get used to that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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