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The Pleasures of Bath

We didn’t have a bath in the Roman baths in Bath. No one does, nowadays: certainly not the way the Romans did. Men and women bathed naked, together, exchanged gossip; had themselves oiled, massaged, steamed, scrubbed, depilated, listened to philosophers and learned discourses; even conducted their business in the baths.

These were social centres, spas and clubs combined in one elaborate complex. But though those liberal Roman attitudes have fallen victim to the hypocritical prudery of later centuries, the imprint of its gracious birth has still left its gentle stamp on this quiet town in England. And we love it.

Twenty centuries after the Romans came, we made our second visit to Bath. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and when we stood in the Mendip Hills, rising above the town, we could see why it had been given this international recognition.

Read the original article at: feBusiness Traveller

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