Mendip is a city in United Kingdom, with around 110 thousand inhabitants. Lemi has 2 lists with places in Mendip.
3 months ago
It is a long drive to Cornwall, wherever you start from in the UK so we were pleased to find this purpose made picnic spot just over the border in Somerset. We had a picnic so cannot vouch for the cafe but it looked fine. Quite a choice of hot food at reasonable cost. Tourist info, loos and most importantly a nicely landscaped area for the adults to stretch their legs and children to let off steam. Update : returned here on way back and had nice traditional Sunday lunch, roast beef, yorkshire pud, roast pots and 3 fresh veg for £9.99
a year ago
Before Jane moved to Chawton, she lived in Bath. The Austen family’s lives were much different in Bath from their quiet country life in Chawton. The Jane Austen Centre brings those years to life through exhibits, talks, and experiences. Dress up like an Austen heroine in an empire-waist, puffy-sleeved gown, white gloves, and elegant bonnet, practice your social graces at afternoon tea in the Regency Tea Room; or play a few Regency parlour games! All these are what make up The Jane Austen Experience at the center. The city was a fashionable place to be and be seen, attracting the aristocrats of her time. The abundance of balls, assemblies, and social obligations kept Jane busy. She didn’t get much writing done, but the resort town did inspire her for the rest of her life. Jane gives an honorable mention to Bath in all her novels, most especially in “Persuasion” and “Northanger Abbey.”
a year ago
While in Bath, drop by on a few true-to-life places that made their way into Jane’s novels and were even used for the BBC’s screen adaptations. The beautiful Georgian-style halls of Bath Assembly Rooms (also known as the Upper Rooms) were always busy with concerts, dances, and card games. Dancing, as we known from Jane Austen’s work, sparked romance and encourage courtships. Women out in society mingled and preened in their most dazzling clothes—an extensive collection is even on display in the Bath Fashion Museum on the lower ground floor. Catherine Morland, the wide-eyed heroine of “Northanger Abbey,” first encounters Bath society in the Upper Rooms. She spends a disappointing night with her aunt, because they were not “acquainted” with anyone at the party. Unfazed, she tries once more in the now-lost Lower Rooms, and meets Henry Tilney. They hit it off on the dance floor, becoming fast friends.
a year ago
The day after Catherine meets Mr. Tilney, she eagerly comes to the Grand Pump Room in the hopes of seeing him again. In Jane’s words, “Every creature in Bath, except himself, was to be seen in the room at different periods of the fashionable hours…” The Grand Pump Room was another popular spot to socialize. The Roman Baths next door have been used for its natural hot waters since around 70 AD. In Jane Austen’s time, people came to drink from the warm mineral waters that flowed from the Pump Room fountain. In autumn of 2017, the Jane Austen Festival honored “Northanger Abbey.” Festival-goers were inspired by the gothic novels Catherine loved, so a special Masked Ball was held in the Pump Rooms. Catch a schedule of this year’s festivities on their website. Otherwise, the Pump Room is still a lovely spot for afternoon tea or a lunch date.
a year ago
The architectural styles in the Bristol Central Library have moved on from Baroque, refining its grandeur to a more elegant and understated look. The library still has soft curving archways and column pillars in abundance, but there are cleaner lines and white spaces to refresh the eyes. It’s a classic English building, something you’d imagine straight from the “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The Bristol Central Library serves the public, with a few restricted areas. Feel free to get lost in the labyrinthine hallways as you explore its secret corners or throw yourself into another adventure between a book’s pages.
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