A Most Amazing Day

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After my 7.0 mile run, I was quite happy to explore the MacDonald Bath Spa pool and spa area!  But I forgot to pack my bathing suit so I was stuck walking around in my sports bra and running pants.  🙂


My favorite part was the indoor/outdoor heated pool.  It is REALLY cold in Bath right now – on the cusp of snowing – so the hot pool felt wonderful, even outside!


The hotel has several “spa rooms,” which are all different temperatures – some hot, some cold!

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The Ice Room was literally FREEZING!  I didn’t stay in for long!  🙂


But my favorite was the Salt Infusion room, which drizzled hot salt water on you and sprayed eucalyptus into the air.  


We felt very relaxed after our mini spa experience – wish we could’ve gotten massages, but this vacation is expensive enough! 🙁  Can’t have it all!


After changing, we headed into town for LUNCH!



Did I mention it won’t stop raining!?  It is SO COLD in England. 


We tried to go to Demuth’s last night, but they were booked solid.  We wised up today and made lunch time reservations – lucky we did, because they were all full AGAIN!  It’s a popular place, and it’s easy to see why.


I was in vegetarian HEAVEN!


Do you know how liberating it is for a vegetarian to go to a restaurant and be able to eat ANYTHING on the menu?!  I love it!


We ordered the Labna and Lavash to start, which contained “yogurt feta and spring onion labna balls rolled in fresh herbs and seeds with chargrilled artichokes, pickled beetroot & lavash sesame pita bread.”


And we split the Christmas Roast, which contained “a timbale of nuts, roasted parsnip and sun-dried tomato, served with sweet root vegetable mash, roasted potato wedges, onion chestnut & sprout gravy, and cranberry & apple relish.”


I can’t even put into words how amazing Demuth’s was.  The food was flavorful, light, filling, and satisfying.  The Husband said, “Please quote me on the blog when I say this was the best vegetarian food I have ever eaten, ever.”


Food-gasm faces:

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I want to go back for DINNER!


We split this Pear Cider:


After lunch, we walked through the rain to the Roman Baths, the big tourist attraction in Bath (hence, the town name!).   Hot water at a temperature of 114 degrees rises at this natural hot spring at the rate of 1,170,000 litres per day!  The Romans built a temple, bath house, and other structures at the site in 60 A.D. 



We took an audio tour so we could learn more about the site’s history:

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There were so many neat artifacts in the museum.  It’s amazing to think that things like gold coins, rings, letters, and other odds and ends can survive 1,900+ years in the ground!



After that educational experience, we grabbed some chocolates from a local fudge shop and popped into Starbucks to warm up!  I had a latte and a little of the fudge and chocolate covered marshmellow:



Whew!  Quite the long post.  🙂 We are doing so much each day and having loads of fun. 


Now, we’re off to do a mini pub crawl (which might become a major pub crawl; only time will tell) and eat dinner at an Indian restaurant.  I’m not crazy for curry, but the Husband REALLY loves it.  🙂  Hope it’s good!



  • JAG December 29, 2009, 2:10 pm

    It’s so lovely to see you having such a wonderful time in my home country! I absolutely love Bath, I went there a couple of times when I was at school and we saw the baths too – amazing.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip and if you ever come to Birmingham, let me know and we can meet up!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! December 29, 2009, 2:10 pm


    We lived there when I was younger as my Dad was stationed there in the Air Force for 6 years…..I miss it so much!

    After seeing all your recent pictures you have had on your blog from London I can’t wait to plan a future trip back, it has been “15” years since I have been there! =O

    P.S. The picture of you and your husband is really good, you should totally frame it!

    =) Laura

  • megan December 29, 2009, 2:13 pm

    I can’t wait to go to England! Wonderful pictures by the way – I love seeing all about your trip 🙂

  • skinnyrunner December 29, 2009, 2:30 pm

    holy abs mcgee! i dont think you have to worry about gaining weight on this trip!
    love all the european pictures and im 100% jealous, just to let you know.

  • Amelia December 29, 2009, 2:41 pm

    The salt infusion room sounds amazing! Y’all look like you’re having a blast on your trip. 🙂 Enjoy the pub crawl!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 29, 2009, 2:43 pm

    It all sounds incredible – I don’t even know where to start! But I love that little marshmallow. 🙂

  • teacherwoman December 29, 2009, 2:44 pm

    Wow! You guys are having the time of your life! Love the picture of you with the umbrella… looks like it should be in a European Tourist magazine!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) December 29, 2009, 2:45 pm

    what a blast! I would’ve been all over the spa rooms!

  • Julie December 29, 2009, 2:46 pm

    What a day! The Roman Baths sound sound and look amazing.

  • Vann December 29, 2009, 2:51 pm

    omg your foodgasm faces made me LOL at work! haha!

  • Jessica December 29, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I love seeing all of your travels, I’m jealous. I can’t wait to go back to england again. Also, if you don’t want curry, Dal Makhani is a really great choice!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 29, 2009, 3:02 pm

    Looks like a wonderful time! Love the chocolate covered marshmellow !

  • Stasa December 29, 2009, 3:05 pm

    Looks like you’re having an amazing vacation! Every bit of it 🙂

  • Heather December 29, 2009, 3:08 pm

    I have been reading your blog and Megan’s blog over the past month and you both have really inspired me to sign up for the Boston Marathon. I’ve run 3 in the past, but it’s been a few years, and your documentation has been so wonderful and reminded me why I love running and training.

    Have a wonderful rest of your trip and good luck in the marathon!

    • caitlin December 29, 2009, 4:58 pm

      GOOD LUCK with your training! you’ll do great!

  • stina December 29, 2009, 3:08 pm

    You look like you’re having a wonderful time! I’m definitely jealous! 🙂

    Also, I have to say, you look positively adorable in all of your pictures! I love your coat!

  • rungirlrunn December 29, 2009, 3:08 pm

    You’re making me want to go England right now!

  • Carolyn December 29, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Looks beautiful but the pictures are making my cold office feel colder!

  • Maya December 29, 2009, 3:14 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about vegetarian restaurants–I’ve been a vegetarian since I was little, and usually at least half of the menu is off limits for me ( I say half because I eat seafood now). Love vegetarian restaurants!

  • Lee December 29, 2009, 3:18 pm

    The spa sounds amazing as does that restaurant.

  • Courtney December 29, 2009, 3:19 pm

    Pear cider?! YES PLEASE!! You are having such fun adventures, thanks for sharing with us! I did a semester in London in college and have travelled back to the UK a few times since and I love it…makes me nostalgic for my times there. Last time I went we were in Ireland for our honeymoon…hope we can go back on an anniversary soon!
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 29, 2009, 3:44 pm

    Your vacation looks amazing – the food, the scenery, even though it’s raining everything looks gorgeous! I am sure you are making memories to last a lifetime!

  • Erin December 29, 2009, 3:52 pm

    Curry in England is the best — seriously, it’s so much better than what you find in America. If you’re going back to London, make sure to get a curry on Brick Lane. Amazing!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 29, 2009, 3:56 pm

    looks like you guys are having a BLAST! that restaurant looks so great!

  • Jenna December 29, 2009, 4:14 pm

    I bet you loved that restaurant and I am glad you got to finally go! Must have been awesome 🙂

  • Katie O. @ Fit to Wed December 29, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Your spa experience sounds amazing! Your pics definitely have me itching to go back to England. Love the boots by the way!

  • Rachel December 29, 2009, 4:29 pm

    I would kill for a spa experience right about now! You’re making me want to take a vacation, and I just got back 😉

  • Evan Thomas December 29, 2009, 4:40 pm

    Your trip looks great so far! Of course, being a classics major, I encourage any pics of Roman items you come across 😉

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 29, 2009, 4:50 pm

    What a great day! The restaurant sounds ah-mazing!

  • Kailey December 29, 2009, 4:59 pm

    ah i love heated pools!!
    wow that fudge looks fantastic 😀

  • Allison K December 29, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Your vacation seriously looks amazing. That coat looks fantastic on you as well!

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 29, 2009, 5:31 pm

    That spa looks insanely wonderful! I’m surprised you’re having such an easy time finding foods to eat everywhere as a vegetarian, that’s wonderful!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 29, 2009, 5:34 pm

    Haha, I love going to Museums and doing the audio tours.

  • Angie December 29, 2009, 5:35 pm

    What a fabulous day! Thanks again for sharing your vacation with us- I’m having a blast following along!

  • candice December 29, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Wow, that vegetarian food looks AMAZING! I wish they had that kind of stuff around here! 🙁 I usually don’t like spas (yes, I’m crazy), but I wouldn’t mind getting sprinkled with salt while breathing in the refreshing scent of eucalyptus. 🙂

  • Christy December 29, 2009, 5:54 pm

    I love hot pools on really cold days! Seems like tons of fun!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 29, 2009, 6:30 pm

    Pear cider sounds great…as does a hot tub on a rainy day =)

  • Jenny December 29, 2009, 7:14 pm

    From that incredible spa, to that amazing sounding restaurant, y’all are doing so many fun things! haha And thank you for those foodgasm faces, they made my day 😉

    Have fun “pub crawling” tonight!

  • Mackenzie @ The College Authentic December 29, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Oh, my! I’m totally loving your outfit today! Totally adorable! Where’d you get the coat?

    Looks like you had a freakin’ fantastic day! I’ve been enjoing living vicariously through you! 🙂

    • caitlin December 30, 2009, 2:46 am

      from united colors of benaton, but about 5 years ago… 🙁

  • Kristina December 29, 2009, 10:23 pm

    If you are ever in Ohio, specifically in the Akron area, you need to try Vegiterranean, Chrissie Hynde’s vegan restaurant. To die for!!


  • Guen December 30, 2009, 9:09 am

    I love the long posts about your trip, Caitlin! I just had breakfast, but your description of lunch is making my mouth water. I wish I could find good vegetarian food like that here. Can’t wait to hit the sauna at my gym this weekend.

  • RhodeyGirl December 30, 2009, 11:25 am

    Labna!!! My dad’s house is stocked with it at all times. As far as I know there are two types, the super duper strainewd yogurt that becomes a hard ball and the other kind which is just a tad thicker than greek yogurt. You pour a bit of olive oil on it and dip bread into it. I bet you would love it- you should find some when you get home!

  • kilax December 30, 2009, 11:25 am

    I love all of your pictures and following you on your adventure!

    That restaurant sounds DIVINE! I love being able to order anything off the menu. There is a great place like that out here in the Chicago suburbs. Damn, I think the last time I was there was NYE 2009! Time to go back!

  • VCK December 31, 2009, 2:22 am

    What a lovely trip. I am so enthusiastic when I go to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant and get to consider everything on the menu! And, I’ve said this before, but I’m going to reiterate how lovely you look in all your photos. I wish I was that photogenic. I always think I look (*that dreaded “F” word*) in photos. And you always look beautiful!

    • caitlin December 31, 2009, 5:16 am

      thank you 🙂 in my defense, i take a LOT of pictures and put the non-crossed eyed ones on the blog 🙂 also, for my wedding, i had a crash course in how to take photographs (you can google it for more info), like angling your face sideways or turning your hips at an angle, and it really reduced my “bad” picture ratio.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 3, 2010, 9:48 am

    An ice room!!! Crazy!!

    That pic of you and your husband in front of that steam looks so beautiful!

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