The Roman Baths
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July 18th, 2009 – by: Adrian_Liston
The one place that Russell wasn't going to see on his trip was the United Kingdom, so we decided to take him on a brief trip across England and Wales. We caught the train from Midi to St Pancreas, two hours from our house to the centre of London, meet up with our good friends Luke and Shyla and drove out of the big smoke.
Our first stop was in Bath, to see the stunning 18th century Georgian architecture and the ancient Roman Baths.
The Roman Baths themselves were really very interesting. They have been in constant use and redesign, with everyone from the Romans onwards taking advantage of the geothermal hot spring that wells up under Bath. It was quite hard to tell where genuine Roman architecture stopped and imitation classical architecture began. For me the most interesting part were the Roman artifacts that had been dredged up from the site, such as the engraved signet stones that had fallen out from Roman rings when the heat of the bath melted the wax holding them in, or the foul curses cast against petty crimes that were thrown into the temple spring in a wish for revenge ("Docimedis perdidit manicilia dua qui illas involavit ut mentes suas perdat et oculos suos in fano ubi destinat", roughly "Docimedis has lost two gloves.
We had nice Thai for dinner with a truly disgusting organic cider, then drove onwards to Ross-on-Wye.
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