Saturday, February 7, 2009

PhotoHunt - Bridges


Some of you may not have tired of pictures of snow.
So for you, above, here is your snow covered bridge.

Now, as for me, I have had enough of snow. I am ready for a holiday far away from the stuff. But, I've already had my holidays last summer in England ... which reminded me of the best bridge in Bath.

The Pulteney Bridge

view from the walkway of the Botanical Gardens

and with the city of Bath rising up the hills behind




with the weir in front

and the view of the weir from the bridge



and the sadly desecrated view from the other (north) side from the tourboat

Built in the 1700's by Robert Adam, it is one of only four bridges in the world lined with shops. Sadly it's original Venetian and Palladian design started its ruin within 20 years when shops were enlarged and windows cantilevered out over the River Avon with little regard to the elegance of the structure. Still, it's a magnificent bridge to behold.

For more bridges around the world go to PhotoHunt

33 comments:

  1. the snow covered bridge is quite charming & the bridge in Bath is amazing! unfortunate about the desecrated part, but interesting nonetheless.

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  2. First, I'm not tired of snow pictures...but then again, I'm not living in it! The rest of the pictures are terrific...though I too am a bit saddened to see the shops ugly it up. Thanks for the virtual trip!

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  3. Lily: The little snow covered foot bridgeis charming - and even more so in summer!!

    June: I was fine until yesterday - then I heard some birds singing, and that got me yearning for spring!

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  4. Brrrr! That first picture is making me cold :)

    I played too :)

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  5. You can post all the snow covered pictures you like. They are quite nice as long as I don't have to live there.

    I never knew of that bridge in Bath. How romantic and so Italian looking. I must get there one of these days. Before I'm too old to appreciate it.

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  6. Teena: and how much of the snow will melt in today's mild 7C?!

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  7. Irene: Yes, the romantic bit also includes that the bridge is named after an heiress when her husband had the bridge built to join Bath to her estate. I always wondered where the name came from.

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  8. I think the bridge in the snow is lovely! Of course the snow we had this year didn't last, it rarely does, so I can afford to be complacent. :) Bath is not so very far from us when we are in England but I am embarrassed to say I have never paid more than a fleeting visit.

    Thanks for visiting mine. :)

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  9. I really like your shots!
    Specially the ones from Bath - amazing! :)

    Mine is up! Take a look!
    Have a great weekend! :)

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  10. I'm tired of snow, but not of pictures of snow.

    How does the weir stand up to such force! That is one heck of a strong river.

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  11. jeannette stgermainFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    I love the pis of the bridge in Bath - I'm surprized that it was built in the 1700 - since it's a Roman style. I agree I'm not tired of pics of snow - they have such a peaceful cast over them. Cheers!

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  12. The bridge in Bath is beautiful!

    And the snow covered bridge is charming. Although I can understand being tired of the snow. I'm ready for winter to be over.

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  13. A: I love the city of Bath, everything about it - except the tourists...

    Alice: Yes, unfortunately I have a relative whose husband's sister was killed in that weir while kayaking (training).

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  14. Vita: Thanks, I wish I was back there.

    Kylie: Actually, I have a few charming pics of snow covered bridges and trees and they are great, but I don't want to be in it anymore. Today we had 10C and it is melting fast, and what isn't melting is turning very black and ugly.

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  15. Jeannette: When I looked up the history of the bridge, I learned it was likely based on the failed plan for the Rialto.

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  16. I was very surprised to see pictures of Bath on your blog. We are there regularly! Lovely near Pulteney Bridge, with the weir and the boat rides.

    Well yes..... I'm sick of snow!
    Was lovely while it was fresh and crisp and falling thickly. Looks awful when it is all churned up and icy.

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  17. Love these photos! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Ah so that's where the Avon river is - I grew up in Christchurch NZ and often rowed on our Avon river.

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  19. Granted the backside of the bridge does not have the elegance of the front, but it still has an interesting "Toto we're not in Texas anymore" look to it. Thanks for the great pictures. I love to travel vicariously through my blogger buddies.

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  20. I've never seen a weir before - very cool

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  21. Maggie May: I so envy you, being able to go there any time you want.

    Deedee: you are welcome.

    Delwyn: this is one of many Avons

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  22. Geewits: and I forgot to bore everyone with my travel pics back in September....

    XUP: and a particularly lovely looking weir it is, too

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  23. Fantastic series! I really liked the snow covered bridge best.

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  24. I love the Bath Bridge, I remember shopping there many years ago. Thanks for the reminder!

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  25. You pictures are gorgeous, as usual.

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  26. Sian: The shopping is great there!

    Ed: yes, I kinda like it best, too (psst, don't tell Jazz) even though I'm sick of snow.

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  27. The bridge in snow looks beautiful, and I'm not quite done with snow, just the cold.

    But Bath looks great, I hope I get there some day. The weir is cool from above!

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  28. Ruth: I've heard birds singing, so I've decided spring can come along any time now. I'm ready for the end of cold and snow and all the heavy clothes that go with it.

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  29. Great piccies of Bath - they took me back. Not sure I'd feel too safe in those cantilevered back rooms though!

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  30. Brother Tobias, I guess they've been so long already ... they look precarious though, don't they?

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  31. What LOVELY bridge photos ... looking at them reminds me of 35mm slides I took decades ago while traveling in Europe and I'm wondering whether I might find such sites to share if I took them out of the closet. Thanks for sharing a bit of the history too. I appreciate your visit to Happily Retired Gal.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  32. I absolutely love the snow covered bridge as long as the snow stays in the picture.. I'm like you.. ready for a holiday... but Since I never go on holidays... I really appreciated you taking me here..

    Thanks, I love old architecture!

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