|The Great Bath. Everything from the bottom of the columns up was rebuilt.|
|Bath city as designed by the Romans. Notice the streets are straight, unlike today.|
|The pediment from the Temple. Love the hairy guy in the middle.|
|A mosaic floor|
|The Goddess Sulis Minerva. If you look closely, you can see Bill's reflection.|
|A smaller bath which had cold water.|
After the Romans left Britain, the baths fell into ruin. The main pool where the spring bubbled up was rebuilt in the 1200 and named the King's pool. In the late 1800's excavations were started, which continued until fairly recently. It has been a tourist attraction since Victorian times. At the end of the tour, we were able to get a glass of water from the spring. It was warm, with a lot of mineral content, but better than some water we have had. It also quinched our thirst, which was unusual for mineral water.
|The water fountain where our drinks came from.|
Leaving the Baths, we walked into the center shopping area of the city. The place was buzzing! We had a Real Cornish Pastie; Bill's was chicken and mushroom, mine, steak and Stilton cheese. We sat at a table in the sun, but moved to the shady side of the street when we finished. It's summer sales time, so giant signs were in the windows enticing one to enter. I did find that Clark shoes are much cheaper here than in the US, even with the pound so much more than the dollar. I just may have to buy a pair for my souvenir.
|City center was overflowing with people.|
Home by the M road, much quicker and straighter. There is something about traveling at 70 mph that is very satisfying!
|These shoes were on sale. No, these aren't the ones I want.|
I'd fall and break something if I wore heels this high!