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The King's Bath

This is the King's Bath (at the Roman Baths), which was built in the 12th century and was used for bathing into the middle of the 20th century.  If you squint, you can see some of the hot steam in the lower left-hand corner.

This is a series on Bath, England, when we visited on February 24th.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The King's Bath

This is the King's Bath (at the Roman Baths), which was built in the 12th century and was used for bathing into the middle of the 20th century.  If you squint, you can see some of the hot steam in the lower left-hand corner.

This is a series on Bath, England, when we visited on February 24th.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (19)

  • Mia
  • 12 Apr 2007, 01:39
If there's steam... does that mean its still open for taking a dip?? ...
Ginnie Hart: HA! I doubt it, Mia, unless the employees do so after hours. grin
Nice tones, Ginnie smile I wonder where those steps go.
It must be awfully humid in the Kings Bath with all that steam coming up!
Ginnie Hart: Right now those steps probably don't go anywhere...unless into the museum, Kay! And I'm guessing all that humidity was exactly the point. Clean out those pores! smile
  • Robs
  • 12 Apr 2007, 05:15
Perfect tone choice. Really nice, remind me a little bit the Windor Castle series wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Rob. Both were visited on the same day, so no wonder. smile
Wish I was a king grin
Ginnie Hart: But Thomas, you ARE a king!!!
Great almost mono shots of Bath Ginnie. I live 25 minutes away from here by car, so it's a regular haunt for me.
Ginnie Hart: Oh wow. You lucky stiff, Chris. I'd be exploring every inch of that quaint city!
I like the angle you took it from. Shame about the modern structures on the upper level though (not ur fault).
Ginnie Hart: Well, Busola, this has become a museum so only parts of it have the old-timey look, as you can see. What a juxtaposition, though, to be sure!
Lovely shot and great tones . . .
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakara.
  • sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 12 Apr 2007, 09:39
Ginnie, you really excel at these shots of olde worlde structures. Another great one.
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Sinem. Thank you!
c'est très beau et surprenant je trouve
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, O-P.
I love sepia used this way
Ginnie Hart: I know you do, Chantal. Maybe I learned it from you? smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 12 Apr 2007, 11:02
The repeated arches are so nice. That little stair looks as if it doesn't go anywhere any more, top step looks blocked.

Is there a lifeguard? wink Here in the States there would be so much concern about liability there!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Ruth, this bath is accessed through the windows! So not much liability there. The Great Bath (yesterday's pic) might need a lifeguard, however! I know what you mean!!!
  • zOOm
  • 12 Apr 2007, 11:35
I really love these places full of history... very vibrant... back in the middle-ages...
Ginnie Hart: I know, Florence. We just don't get OLD like this in the States!!! Old to us in America is 100 years. VERY OLD is 100-200. Then we have to fly over the pond to see ANCIENT! grin
When I see this I want to sit down on the stair and just take in the atmosphere of a peacful world a long time ago....I know that it's just a picture in my head - I know the "old" days could be more than peace and quiet.... smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aksel, I agree. I often wonder what it would have been like hundreds of years ago!
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 12 Apr 2007, 16:49
Sometimes I wish time travelling was possible and I could see how the people really lived. This picture makes me wish again. This place looks beautifully sad.
Ginnie Hart: "Beautifully sad" is a mouthful, Julia. Hmmm. I need to think about that for this pic. Thanks for the thought.
  • alex
  • slightly cleaner apartment in boise, idaho
  • 12 Apr 2007, 20:16
great feel to this shot, ginnie. you could have even cropped the top to just show the arches if you wanted to. not necessarily an improvement, just an idea. i like this.
Ginnie Hart: Always so many decisions to make about our pics, Alex, right! I appreciate your suggestions.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Apr 2007, 20:25
This king guy must have been a messy person. My mother would have taken him to task to clean up and not leave a dirty tub like this. Maybe the reason why the water is so dirty is that they have forgotten to fit a drainage plug to this bath. So there may still be some microscopic pieces of king drifting around.

I see the notice above the fire escape has been taken out for maintenance purposes.

Great composition and yes the way you capture these kind of places is remarkable.
Ginnie Hart: As always, Louis, you are way too funny! What a creative imagination you have. grin
  • Mal
  • 12 Apr 2007, 23:19
it's a lovely place and lovely photo Ginnie. Another place that is on my doorstep that I have not been to for years! mal
Ginnie Hart: I would love to see the pics YOU would take there, Mal, if ever you decide to go back!
Very well done and interresting - look forward for the next
Have a nice Day-week-month-year-century smile smile
And don't forget to bath of course...
Ginnie Hart: HA! Taking a bath is not something I do much but taking a shower every day is like clock work. I know you're glad to know that, Zeb. smile
  • Brad
  • 16 Apr 2007, 20:26
This is a really good photo, it seams to capture the old age of the baths and the merky waters
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brad.

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