One of the main attractions in Bath are the Roman Baths itself. The romans came to Bath in 50 AD but the baths were only re-discovered in 1880 and received a grand opening in 1897.
The view from the Terrace is the first view you have as a visitor to the baths, but what you can see from here is less than a quarter of the site as a whole. The Terrace overlooks the Great Bath and is lined with statues of Roman Governors of Britain, Roman Emperors and military leaders.
Jordan touching the water although the little white notice there is saying "Please don't touch the water"!
Some of the drainage system:
At the very heart of the site is the Sacred Spring (now called the King's Bath). Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 litres (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing this for thousands of years.
The mineral rich water from the Sacred Spring supplied a magnificent bath-house which attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.
The King’s Bath was built, using the lower walls of the Roman Spring building as foundations, in the 12th century. The bath provided niches for bathers to sit in, immersed up to their necks in water.
Although modified and encroached upon by the building of the Grand Pump Room in the 18th century and subsequent 19th century developments the King’s Bath continued in use for curative bathing until the middle of the 20th century.
The Pump Room as it is today:
Spa water has been used for curative purposes for two thousand years (it contains 43 minerals). Originally treatments involved bathing in the hot waters, then in the late 17th Century drinking spa water also came to be a recognised treatment for certain conditions. I would have had to have been really ill for the doctor to get me to drink that stuff :)
We really enjoyed our morning in the baths. We all received audio guides explaining everything is great detail and once again the boys listened to theirs in German.
After eating our lovely baguettes we did a bit of shopping. We went to GAP and bought Roland a hoodie.
We seemed to lose it a little as Mr. D. took an age to decide which one to buy!
Bath is a lovely town and the buildings are just gorgeous. We walked up to the Circus:
To get into Wales you have to cross the Severn Bridge (a toll bridge), which is rather spectacular. Bridgend is on the welsh south coast and Anthony and Pauline live in a nice area. We were treated to our own room with en-suite bathroom! It was lovely spending time with them and for Roland to get better aquainted with my family.
On Tuesday Anth & Pauline took us up to a local mountain where we greeted the sheep........
........and then we went to their local beach. Apparantly the water was warm but it sure as heck was windy. Only Mr D., Jordan, Daniel and Brandon were brave enough to go in......
On Wednesday we went in to Cardiff with the train where we visited the Welsh National Museum (and a peek in to Cardiff castle) and on Thursday to The Museum of Welsh Life, an open air museum covering Welsh Life from Celtic times to the present day. To finish off the day, another trip to the beach made.
Daniel and two year old, Lily-Mae:
On Thursday evening we made our way to Redditch to spend the weekend with Mum and Barbara. On Friday we took a trip in to the Cotswolds and visited Bourton-on-the-Water. It's such a quaint little village with the typical honey coloured cottages.The kids played in the shallow water and the rest of us laid on a blanket and either snoozed, read or played games. We really needed an easy day and this was just "the ticket" :)
Saturday we let the boys sleep in - they really needed it - and we just went into town to do some window shopping. On Sunday we went to my home ward for church, where the hubster and I were called upon to give our testimonies - argh!!!On the way home we drove by the hubster's old missionary flat......
.....and then to the cemetry to show Mr D. and the boys my Dad's grave, which he shares with my neice Emma who died when she was three months old of cot death.
Well that's all for part 2....phew!!