|Google Goggles tells me that this is the Pulteney Bridge. It's lined with shops on either side. Google didn't recognize Kristin, but I think that's a good thing.|
|The Royal Crescent, in Bath. Also, the back of Kristin's head.|
|The Circus in Bath. That's Kristin to the right.|
The ancient baths are the best preserved Roman baths in the world. They were built on top of a natural hot spring, and thus have a very unusual Great Bath--a large pool of hot water:
|The Great Bath, with tourists. There was a roof in ancient times. It's open to the air today.|
|The Caldarium, or rather, the stacks of tiles that held up the floor. Hot air ran through this area (called a hypocaust) to heat the room above.|
|The tepidarium, or warm room|
|The frigidarium, or cold pool.|
We also went to the modern day Thermae Bath Spa. We figured that this was as close as we could get to the experience of the Roman baths. There's a large warm pool, several saunas, and a warm, rooftop pool. There was no cold pool, and to be honest, the warm pool was more characteristic of the special setup at Bath rather than the typical Roman path, and of course, everyone was wearing swimsuits, but it was the best we could do. They didn't let us take pictures inside, so you'll have to check out the Thermae Bath Spa website to see what it looks like inside.
After Bath, Kristin and I went back to London for a day, and then on to home in Boston, where we're currently recovering from jetlag.