Dies fortunisssima! We had a most fortunate day in Bath Spa!
Latin students were treated to a train journey to Bath Spa to visit the museum and baths complex there. It was quite an adventure going on the train, rushing for our connection in Bristol, finding our reserved seats and chatting to our fellow passengers.
We spent a good two hours in the museum and the pupils were intrigued by the sight of the green vaporous waters which filled the natatio (swimming pool) all pleasantly heated from a natural spring. It was fun to see so many interesting Roman relics and artefacts. The coins were fascinating revealing the names of many well-known emperors including Hadrian, Trajan and Augustus. We loved seeing the gilded head of Minerva (without her helmet) to whom a temple was dedicated. Pilgrims came not only to enjoy the healing waters but to pray to the goddess.
Our favourite time came when we spoke to one of the "characters "who said he was a Briton under Roman rule. He kept us amused and enthralled for over half an hour with his tales. Form 8 enjoyed trying to confuse him with talk of modern day gadgets but he cleverly refused to come out of character. When Theo asked if he knew what an X- box was he said yes, it's a box in which you keep eggs! Emily had the pleasure of playing OXO with him on a wax tablet. We admired his leather shoes and he liked ours especially the (Greek named) Nike ones!
We had time to explore the vibrant shopping area, too, although the adults were quite happy to sample coffee and cakes in the Roman kitchen.
Everyone was of the same opinion that they liked Bath and found it to be a very beautiful town. All in all a very enjoyable trip with lots of jokes and laughter along the way!