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The Roman Baths in Bath [20190109|21:43]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The excavated Roman Baths in the English town of Bath showcase a fraction of its former magnificence, but still manage to be quite impressive.

There are people in period costume roaming around during visitor hours. Humuhumu didn't meet this one, but she did meet a chap called Peregrinus, who was a Gaul.

Some fragments of the temple pediment, and a projection showing how they might have been colourfully painted.

Not sure what he's so displeased about.

Fragments of curses/pleas to the goddess, inscribed on scraps of lead, to punish wrongdoers. From left to right, these are for the following crimes: theft of a cape, theft of Vilbia (probably a slave), theft of a cloak and bathing tunic.

A glimpse into the bowels of the baths, where the really hot water bubbles up.

Humuhumu was fascinated by this stone, which was used to sacrifice animals so that oracles could read their entrails. The children's audio tour provided a rather grisly role play of a divination!

Viewing the steam rising into the chilly winter air from an inaccessible portion of the baths.

Steamy waterfall.

Section of the drains.

Sluice gate.

"Can we touch the water, Daddy?"

...after not actually waiting for a reply.

Keiki touching the algae. This was the highlight of the trip for him.

Excitement over finding the last item on Hoot's list for the treasure hunt: an old bit of lead pipe in the drains.

Wishing well.

View across the main pool.

Long-suffering Daddy keeps the children from falling into the pool.

Keiki bids goodbye to the aesthetically pleasing arches.

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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2019-01-10 17:47 (UTC)
Haha ... don't think you are supposed to touch the water, are you?
Not sure I'd want to as well - the colour is somewhat disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-12 21:53 (UTC)
It's not filtered, so we did go wash hands afterward.

You can drink the water in the Pump Rooms! It tastes really weird, not least because it's quite warm. Bleargh.
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