Driving north to Bath, we had rain for the full day. Staying in nearby Bradford-on-Avon, we unpacked our car and headed into Bath, hoping the rain would subside. It didn't. Having planned to buy a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on/hop-off tour bus, we drove around in circles for a while, and then returned to the hotel. The following morning we drove in once again, blessed with beautiful, clear blue skies. What a difference a day can make!
Bath has had a tumultuous history, politically and economically. In the 1800's the economy became
increasingly stable due to the influence of Beau Nash, the city's Master of Ceremony, known as the "King of Bath." He established rules for suitable activities, dress, and a code of behavior. The city's fortune continued to fluctuate over the next few centuries. Tourism now plays a key role in the economy, with the city hosting almost 4 million visitors a year.