We visit my cousin Michael and family and the Roman Baths
23.08.2015 - 23.08.2015
The trip to Bath was further than we realised from Burton in Somerset. After going around in a circle finally found a park in a large central car park. We emerged and didn't know where the Roman Baths were. Everything looked different from our last visit. We used maps on my cell phone. That worked a treat once we worked out we were heading in the right direction. It was only a short distance away, then just had to do a circuit of the building to find the entrance. The Roman Baths are below modern street level. The Baths are a major tourist attraction with over one million visitors per year. There were lots of visitors this day with it being holiday season and a Sunday. The temple at Bath was constructed in 60-70AD and the bathing complex built up over the next 300 years. After Roman withdrawal from Britain in the early 5th century the baths fell into disrepair. The baths have since been modified several times. The spring is now housed in 18th century buildings. There is a museum here which includes objects thrown in the sacred spring presumably as offerings to the goddess. Now there are lots of audio visual displays depicting what life would have been like in the Roman times at the Baths. The late 19th century carvings of Roman Emperrs and Governors of Roman Britain on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath are susceptible to the effects of acid rain and are now protected with a special wash. In 2009 a grant was given to re-develop displays and improve access to the baths. It certainly had changed from our last visit. Probably for the better as people seemed to be flowing through the complex. It is well worth visiting the Roman Baths if you are in the Bath area they are fascinating to see. We had a quick lunch before heading to see Cousin Michael Winkelmann and family who live in Bath not far from the city Centre. They had just returned from a two week holiday in Montreal, Canada 2 hours before so we're feeling a bit jet lagged. We had afternoon tea with them. It was great to catch up. They have a lovely family home. The attic room sounded great, one day hope to return to Bath and stay longer. We drove up the hill and took some photos over looking the city. We then headed back to Burton, Somerset. Jackie had a very nice dinner waiting for us. It was good to meet two of her friends at dinner. All to soon we had to say our farewells to Jackie as we were leaving the next morning when she would be at work. Look forward to meeting up with Jackie in New Zealand some time in the future. Another great Love Home Swap.