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