Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Roman Baths

Hello, Dear Ones! And welcome to another day in Bath, England with us! We loved Bath so much that we decided to take the train back and explore the Roman baths! Did you know there were Roman Baths in Bath? :) Thus the name.
 Just some pretty snaps of the inside where we purchased our tickets.
 We were not the only ones wanting to see the Baths! Cute little kiddoes.
 Careful? Hang on to the rail and don't fall!
Can you see the steam coming up? You may be wondering why the waters are green? We were told because of no motion from bathers anymore and so much of the water is exposed to sunlight, algae began to form. It is cleaned periodically, but with the sun shining on the water - algae does it thing.
 See the seat? I wonder if you were to sit there and just hop off into the waters or maybe the waters were higher back then? A little history on the baths:
Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.
1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water reaching 46 °C still fill the bathing site every single day. The Romans believed that this was the mystical work of the Gods but we now know that the water source, which comes from the King’s Spring, fell as rain water around 10,000 BC.
The Great Bath that lies below street level can also be viewed from the Terrace, which is adorned with statues and shadowed by the great Abbey. Other chambers to explore include the remains of the ancient heated rooms and changing rooms as well as tepid and plunge pools. 

 This was a little replica of how the area looked at one time. We were given audio headsets that filled our tiny heads with knowledge of the baths.
 Many articles and their stories were all around for us to learn from.
 Couldn't help myself. Had to show you the hairdo on the chopped off head! :)
 This was the goddess Sulis Minerva, a combination name from the Celtic and the Roman goddesses.



These bones were found in the baths. Hmmm...and the head is supposedly how the guy would have looked.
 Now let's walk around some of the different bath rooms. In the day these baths were like a spa. Baths were not only a place to clean yourself but also a place to exercise, socialize and conduct business. Snacks and drinks were available for people to enjoy. Some large bath complexes contained meeting rooms, libraries, gardens and other facilities. The entrance fee to a bathhouse was small, so most people could afford to take frequent baths. Lots of things have been found in and around the drains: jewelry, dishes, perfume vials, flasks, gambling objects, coins and even a scalpel! Not to mention those bones. Lordy!
 Still steamy.
 This area showed the stacked tiles that allowed the steam to heat the tiled towers allowing steam to heat the flooring that was placed on top of them creating a sauna.
 Mr. Precious said, "Back up! Just a little bit more. A little bit more!" Ha! I knew what he was doing and I was not going to fall into that green water! No, no, Nannette! Really this was an amazing site.
 After we were just filled to the brim with knowledge, we needed ICE CREAM! So we indulged and headed back to the train station.
Oh, Lord, help me! We turned the corner and saw this ghastly creature standing in a doorway. Is that a drop of blood I see on the floor on the right hand side? We did not stay around wondering very long! Poof! we're gone!

I have a few more posts to share with you and I hope you're enjoying our little trip!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Splish Splash

 Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath

Long about a Saturday night, yeah
A rub dub, just relaxin' in the tub
Thinkin' everythin' was alright
Well, I stepped out the tub
I put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me and I
Opened the door
And then a-splish, splash
I jumped back in the bath
Well, how was I to know
There was a party goin' on?
There was a-splishin' and a-splashin'
Reelin' with the feelin'
Movin' and a-groovin'
Rockin' and a-rollin', yeah, yeah
Bing, bang, I saw the whole gang
Dancin' on my living room rug, yeah
Flip, flop, they was doin' the bop
All the teens had the dancin' but
There was lollipop with a Peggy Sue
Good golly, Miss Molly was-a even there, too
A- well-a, splish, splash, I forgot about the bath
I went and put my dancin' shoes on, yeah
I was a-rollin' and a-strollin'
Reelin' with the feelin'
Movin' and a-groovin'
Splishin' and a-splashin', yeah
Yes, I was a-splishin' and a-splashin'
I was a-rollin' and a-strollin'
Yeah, I was a-movin' and a-groovin'
We was a-reelin' with the feelin'
We was a-rollin' and a-strollin'
Movin' with the groovin'
Splish, splash, yeah
Splishin' and a-splashin'
One time I was splishin' and a-splashin'
Ooh, I was movin' and a-groovin'
Yeah, I was splishin' and a-splashin'
~ sung by Bobby Darin 


28 comments:

  1. Hello and good morning Shelia,
    How interesting and fun to see the Roman Baths in Bath! Thanks for sharing and explaining all about your visit there and I enjoyed looking at your photos.
    Have a nice Tuesday and I can't wait to hear more about your trip.
    Julie xo

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  2. I've seen the baths in Pompii but they weren't nearly as well preserved as these. I still think it's strange they'd all lallygag around together in the nude as a social event. But if you were going to flaunt it, this was a beautiful place to do it.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I'm enjoying it! ;) Have fun! ~Rhonda

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  4. Sheila, muchas gracias por mostrarnos los baños de Roma. Y sigan disfrutando de su viaje. Saludos

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! Hope you're doing well.

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  5. It all looks so unsanitary! I wonder when chlorine was invented.

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  6. I've been there too and enjoyed it very much. I found everything interesting. Thanks for the historical details.

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  7. The Roman Baths are so interesting, Shelia. Thank you for sharing your time there. Your photos are great! ♥

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  8. This sounds like a really fun thing to see. Thanks for all the great photos and sharing all this with us. Splish Splash indeed!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  9. What a wonderful trip to Bath, England, it's been a long time since we went there. I am enjoying every pic of your trip. Isn't it amazing why the name Bath comes from? You look so pretty and happy.
    God bless and thanks for sharing my friend.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  10. I always love your travelogues -- so much fun info and pictures! Looking forward to your next post. Sally

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  11. Thank you so much Shelia for sharing this post with us. I almost feel like I was there - so much wonderful information. Thank you. What an amazing place and they really keep it up.
    Glad that your having a wonderful time.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  12. Thank you for sharing these close up pictures of the Roman Baths, and very interesting history! Ice cream is always good! That statue is really scary and ugly...yikes!

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  13. Wonderful tour of the Roman baths and also of Bath in your previous post (and Mr. Darcy!). When we went to England we went to Chesters and saw Hadrians Wall near there. There was also the ruins of another Roman bath near the wall there which was interesting and we got to walk on the wall itself. There is so much history there to discover. North America is a baby compared to Europe. Thanks for sharing your photos and tour with us.

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  14. What a beautiful place to visit. Amazing.

    Enjoying your trip with you.

    Judy

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  15. I'm enjoying your trip around England. How wonderful to be able to visit the old Roman baths - I hadn't realized that Bath was named after them. i also enjoyed your trip to see Mr Darcy :)

    Diana

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  16. I did know about the baths, but not why the water was green, so I learned something there! Thank you! Bath is a beautiful city isn't it, so much history and so many amazing buildings! xx

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  17. Wow what an experience! That's a fantastic place. I'm scratching my head about that seat. I think it's fascinating how they recognized the benefits of a sauna. Too bad the water is green- kind of spoils the thought of being in the water! We fought to control algae when we had a pond so I know how hard it is especially without some chemical treatment. Thanks for sharing this- it was fun to see!

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  18. Hi Shelia, WOW what an amazing place to visit and learn. All your pics of the Roman Baths are fabulous. Too bad the waters are green now, but understandable. Sure enjoying this trip with you. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a blessed day!! Hugs, cm
    p.s. the song is perfect. I'll be singing this all day~~~

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  19. As far as I'm concerned, you can keep on sharing your trip for days, weeks and months to come! This is a fascinating post about a spot that I don't know much about yet has always intrigued me! You are a magnificent tour guide!

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  20. Great trip Sheila. Wow...you would be an awesome tour guide my friend! Now that last feller there...LORDY...he done scared me! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. Amazing! I love history but you never know what will be 'uncovered' at these wonderful, old sites.
    ~Adrienne~

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  22. Bath is such a quaint little town, and the Roman Baths is awesome! I hope to visit again someday....and I think I would be most content living in the sweet town of Bath! lol

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  23. Bath is such a quaint little town, and the Roman Baths is awesome! I hope to visit again someday....and I think I would be most content living in the sweet town of Bath! lol

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  24. Such a wonderful day for you. Brings back lots of memories for me too. Your pictures are wonderful .

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  25. Really enjoyed this, have never seen pictures of the Roamn baths! Mr. Precious is a big tease, huh!?

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  26. I loved visiting Bath and the Roman Baths and the beautiful Bath Abbey. It is so much fun looking at your photos and knowing that you had that wonderful trip. Very funny to your Mr. Precious who kept trying to get you to back up toward the water. Sounds like something my Mr. C. would do!! LOL

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