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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.

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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.


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

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Not sure what he's so displeased about.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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Steamy waterfall.

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Section of the drains.

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Sluice gate.

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"Can we touch the water, Daddy?"

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...after not actually waiting for a reply.

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

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

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Wishing well.

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View across the main pool.

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

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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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