I’ve been a terrible blogger, guys, I’m sorry. I’ve been suffering with a stupid cold, having dramas with needing repairs in my flat, and to top that off, I’ve done something horrible to my back. Currently, I’m dosed up on Codeine, so I’m a bit dozy and sleepy. I’m going to be away over the weekend too, so please excuse me if the blogging break continues a little. Nobody wants pain-killer addled blog posts. Or maybe you do. Who knows.
SO, as promised last week, here’s my post about visiting the Roman Baths. Bath is, unsurprisingly, a spa town, and has been for a very long time. The Thermae Spa is very popular now, fashionable Georgian ladies came here to ‘take the waters’, and of course, the Romans established an incredible bath house. Last weekend, Tom and I went to visit the baths. Your first view of the main bath is from above, on a terraced walkway, built by the Victorians to show off the new treasure they’d found.
The museum covers all the different stages in the history of the baths, with most of the focus on the Roman era. A lot of the original foundations are still intact underneath the main museum, and it’s incredible to see. There’s also some beautiful stone-work from the temple that shared the site. This grave-stone belonged to a soldier, and was paid for by a sort of ‘burial club’ a lot of Rome’s soldiers paid into, so that they could cover the costs of a proper burial if they were killed away from home.
The museum is absolutely full of artefacts from the site, and some of the original building. My favourite was a selection of notes engraved on thin pieces of metal, written to the Gods. The notes ask for help, guidance, and in one, revenge on whoever stole the writer’s cloak.
As you wind your way through the museum, you see different pools, and steam rooms, until, eventually, you come back to the Great Bath.
The museum was busy the day we were here, but there is something really relaxing about the Great Bath. We sat for ages on the edge, enjoying the sun, and trailing our fingers in the water, which is deliciously warm. The other visitors seemed to have much the same idea.
On the way out, there’s a drinking fountain with water from the same Spring that fills the baths. The waters of Bath were believed to great healing properties for numerous ailments and people travelled from all over to swim in and drink it. Tom and I each tried a cup, but I have to say, the waters of Bath didn’t do much for us. The water is naturally hot, and has a distinct sulphur taste. Nope, not for me. We took ourselves off for a drink to get the taste out. Otherwise, we were really impressed with the museum. It looks quite small from the outside, but actually, there’s a surprising amount hidden away in here, and we easily spent a couple of hours in there.
Definitely a must visit if you’re in Bath!