We spent several hours in the Roman Baths building. Such a sense of great engineering feats.
This site became the pilgrimage for many people from Europe- in fact the sick may have stayed the night in a special temple and next day recounted their dreams to a priest who then worked out a cure!
The tour took several hours- there were so many incredible pools and engineering to view- and numbers were posted at different spots to listen to the audio commentary.
Bill Bryson's extra commentary was pertinent - in fact he summed up the site in this way- my paraphrase: if the Romans could do all this marvellous engineering, how come they took such primitive steps and examined the entrails of sacrificed animals to predict the future!
A comment from a Roman bather in 1st centrury AD is worth reporting:
'the picture is not complete without some quarelsome fellow, a thief caught in the act, or the man who loves the sound of his own voice in the bath- not to mention those who jump in with a tremendous splash' Seneca
Epistuae Morales 56
And for me I had a sudden revealtion of how I should add more intrigue and another layer to the fantasy I am still toying with...