R. J. Nello

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ-born, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§-based, novelist.πŸ“– Writing, travel, culture and more. Always holding "auditions" – so be careful or you may end up a character in β€œ1797”…and perhaps an evil one.🎭 (And why do I suspect some of you might like that latter in particular?)πŸ˜‚

Roman All Over The Place

July 12, 2015
R. J. Nello

Took the nephew sightseeing to Bath yesterday as planned. From our front door, it’s 11 miles (says the sat-nav) to the city center. We made sure we got there early.

We got in ahead of the crowds. Arriving shortly after its 9am opening, there was no waiting: of course we did the remains of the ancient Roman baths (which we hadn’t had a chance to go with him back in January):

Upon entering the remains of the Roman baths, looking down from above. In ancient times, this was covered. [Photo by me, 2015.]

Upon entering the remains of the Roman baths, looking down from above. In ancient times, this was covered. [Photo by me, 2015.]

"SPQR" - In England. [Photo by me, 2015.]

“SPQR” – In England. [Photo by me, 2015.]

I’d last been inside myself about 15 years ago. They refurbished the museum site over it in 2014. There’s now also an audio self-guided tour – and at some spots they have Bill Bryson having recorded his own, usually entertaining, impressions as he had stood there, too.

Along the main bath. If you expand the photo, in the center two women employees are dressed up in Roman outfits. [Photo by me, 2015.]

Along the main bath. If you expand the photo, in the center two women employees are dressed up in Roman outfits. [Photo by me, 2015.]

After having worked your way downstairs, through the excellent exhibits on life in the former Aquae Sulis, you look up and one of the best views of the city is here, up towards Bath Abbey. [Photo by me, 2015.]

After having worked your way downstairs, through the excellent exhibits on life in the former Aquae Sulis, you look up and one of the best views of the city is here, up towards Bath Abbey. [Photo by me, 2015.]

After, an Italian pizzeria for lunch. I would highly recommend this place if you are ever in the city:

Card they handed out with the bill. [Photo by me, 2015.]

Card they handed out with the bill. [Photo by me, 2015.]

And we had Italian ice cream afterwards – at the place next door.

A July, sunny Saturday, the city was packed – street events, shoppers and tourists. And tour coaches – lots of them. And visitors from everywhere imaginable on the planet. πŸ™‚

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