A fabulous kick start to our mini vacay prior to the London visit Steph & I agreed, seated in a Victorian styled diner in the Bath Town Square post our trip to the Stone Circle. We sat with our beer and steak planning our next day itinerary. We have half a day left before we take off to London and kick-start our girls getaway with Caroline and Margaret 🙂
Decided to be up and about early so that we have enough time to get about everywhere we wanted to. Steph had her early morning run which gave me ample time to sleep in and get ready at leisure. After the scrumptious brekkie we head off to chill out around the town square until the Baths open up for public.
Luxury in style – Romans were well known for that and the Baths don’t disappoint. The historic ruins are well maintained and awesome to walk around to…they are at two different levels – the Bath in itself is below street level while the Museum and entrance buildings are above street level and quite recent (19th century). Oh, you can’t get into the water but you are permitted to host parties & weddings in there – pretty cool that huh? 🙂
How they used to get the water to be hot (it is said they had hot, warm & cold water – something for everybody huh) and the whole underground system that was in place is so mind boggling. At least for us it was 😬. there are four sections in here – the Bath House, the Museum, the Sacred Spring & the Temple. The tour was very informative and fun at the same time. We walked around the whole place trying to capture in as much information as possible but hey there’s only so much we can capture on a vacay! 😉
((in case you cant read the captions the above are the Heat room aka old time Steam/Sauna))
((more pics from the Bath House…Scared Spring))
Post the Bath tour we decided to check out the Thermae Bath Spa. Since we had bit of time before they opened up we decided to get around shopping. The cobbled inner streets adds a different feel to the whole walk; Nothing is cheap and haggling makes u look uncool; but hey we are two Asian women! how can we not haggle?! So we walked around and kept shopping to a low profile. Blah!
Heading to the Thermae Spa we had no idea what to expect and no photographs did come as a surprise but then again, who wants the phone when you are in a therma spa! But after our experience I would totally recommend this as a must visit. The Minerva bath consist of naturally warm, mineral rich water and has a calm and soothing effect on you. With the effects of whirlpool and waterjets, it just makes up for all that walking around we did.
On an April afternoon, the hot bubble jets housed in the rooftop pool sounds like such a blessing only until u step out of it. The cold wind that engulfs as you emerge out of that cozy warm water is the killer…such a killjoy! Can’t run for a towel unless you fancy a broken skull or loss of teeth. So Bravehearts all around trying to keep teeth from chattering and avoid that self hug for body warmth. It feels like laughing matter watching this from within the water but trust me, karma gets to you real quick on this matter!
A steam and sauna session later we showered and got ready to bid our goodbyes to this beautiful town of Bath and kickstart our crazy weekend with the others in London.