The First Hurdle
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... the bounty of warm health giving mineral water. They added Minerva (aka Athena) to her name so they had all deity bases covered. The main pool is about 20 m by 10m. To each end of the pool is a series of rooms, each containing steaming or bathing at a different temperature for each room. There was even a pool that had a single stone seat overlooking the pool where it was obvious that the lifesaver sat wearing his yellow and red skullcap telling the teenagers "No running around ...
... luggage and travel a bit lighter. I can also come back in between my forays.
Bath is bathed in beautiful golden light like a tiny Paris. In
the well-presented Roman thermo mineral bath and temple ruins, one easily gets
an immersive and tangible experience of that era. I feel right at home in that
town, my favorite so far.
I arrived in heaven on a Saturday morning, and my host has
been the angel Rosemary. There was no reason to be prepared for discomfort of
any kind (as had become my habit), for as we pulled up to a small village of
stone houses, and then stepped into her art and light-filled cottage, I knew I
would be happy as a sheep in a poke. I have no idea if that is a thing, but ...
... length, if that) it would take for me to have an easy exit from my parking space.
From Bath we navigate to South Wales. Tintern is just over the border from England, and is home to Tintern Abbey. It is a typical Wales valley, lush green hillsides that are rugged and remind me of home. It is sparsely populated. Traffic is light. The sky is partly cloudy and it grows colder the closer we get to rural Wales, though there is no wind to speak of. Our path goes across the large ...
... was a disappointment as I would have liked to have examined it. The original church was built in 1071 by William the Conqueror’s nephew (I believe his name was Craig) but virtually destroyed by Henry VII. All that remains of the Norman church is the front facade.
Just around the corner from the hotel was Chepstow Castle, an impressive ruin which we would have explored had it not been for the fact that it was due to close within the half hour. Instead I ...