Splish, splash we were taken to Bath

Trip Start Mar 10, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

"From a crack in a rock a river springs and sings its way to the ocean.  Arise from the earth like water.  Give birth to your sacred dreams. This world's an ocean of mirrors. An invitation to create and be seen." - Writing on the sidewalks of Bath

[J] My parents used their day off to take us over to Bath, England.  I wasn't sure what to expect since I didn't know much about the place.  So I grabbed a towel and jumped in the car. ([S] No he didn't) ([J] Stop that.)

There's a natural hot spring in the Bath area.  The ancient Romans harnessed the spring and built a temple and baths around it to honor the gods they believed dwelled there. Is it obvious that I grabbed a guide book?
The steam coming up off of the baths did give it a mysterious feel.  Hundreds of years ago it was in a covered building which would have made the dark waters even more spooky.

What I thought was interesting was the curses that people would throw into the water back in the day.  They'd write them on pieces of metal (so they would sink into the water) which they would heat so they could be rolled up like a scroll. They'd ask the gods to punish (usually brutally) so-and-so for stealing their cloak or whatever. Vengeful little bathers those Romans.

On our way to Bath we stopped at a large historical mansion at Dyrham Park in Wales.  They wouldn't let us take pictures inside, so you'll just have to imagine how stately and posh it was.  Think giant tapestries hanging on the walls, portraits galore, and huge wooden beds with posts that almost touch a 12 foot ceiling.

We lucked out a little.  We hadn't checked out when the mansion was opened throughout the year (or even what time they opened each day).  Somehow we managed to show up 15 minutes before the bus headed down for the first walk through on the very first day of the year the mansion was open.  Nicely done.

Before we left Bath we grabbed a snack at the Cornish Pasty shop.  A pasty is a flaky, breaded small pie stuffed with beef, potatoes, onions and swedes (a type of carrot).  We talked to the owner about expanding his business
over to the states, but he said it would be be too expensive to ship all the British ingredients over.  And with American ingredients, it wouldn't be a Cornish Pasty.  Good point, pasty shop owner. Good point. 

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