Michael Chu suggested that we visit Bath Spa in North Somerset. Since it would probably be our last meeting before Michael leaves for Macau (China), I thought it was not a bad idea after all. And to see some some places which I had not seen so far.
Roman Baths in Bath Spa are wonderful. What seemed to be a rather dull tour to begin with came alive when I sighted steam over the warm bath on a rainy day! Natural hot water, even now, after 2000 years!?
Julius Cesar, who invaded Britain twice in the first century BC. You see a number of Roman rulers since Julius Ceasar (Vespasian, Aurelius, etc) and ‘the greats’ – whose statues are placed on top of the Roman Baths.
The hot bath – both medicinal and recreational besides being religious
One of the many archaeological displays – a ‘beautiful’ stone
That’s Michael Chu from Macau.
What a clarity in the inscription!
The utensils used during the Roman period in the Roman-Britain
Goddes Luna (moon)
Soldier with his armour at his feet. We tried to lift the armour! My God! What a heavy piece it is! How did the soldiers manage to wear it and fight? The soldier’s reply was prompt, ‘not if you were a legion!’
At the end of the audio-guided-tour, you get to taste the ‘holy’ water to rid yourself of any disease! Don’t please laugh – many an eminent man has given testimony, and it is there to be read to convince you!
Next to the ‘drinking holy water’ you find a dug, full of bricks used by Romans
Wall of the Bath, from the outside