Bring on the Roman Ruins
Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
11Trip End Aug 08, 2010
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Admission was free as it would be for the museum, amphitheater, and barracks as well
The second section include more audio to explain what life was like at these times. Over here they had their frigidarium. The frigidarium is where the men would go after working out right before jumping in the warmer pools. They would also return for one final cold wash before jumping out. Another sign explained how they knew that the bath was used by families as well as soldiers and royalties. The evidence was found in the drainage of the pool. Many of the baths guests would lose some of their valuables, and they would get swept down the pipes. When excavated, gems of all sorts, rings, children’s teeth, hairpins, game counters, dice, animal bones, and broken pottery and jars were found within these pipes. They later showed some of these gems in the museum that we were visiting next.
A block or two down the road was the museum
The Amphitheater was where we were going to have lunch, so we headed back to the car and drove over. There were several groups of kids on this end as well, but the little ones stayed near the play ground for the most part. The older ones had the same idea as us and had lunch in the amphitheater. There was one little kid though. He had crawled into one of the pits (likely the bathrooms long ago) and was afraid to crawl back out. Lucky for the mom, he wasn’t trapped. She was able to lift him out if necessary as it was only a pit – then again, maybe she made him crawl back out. I wasn’t around long enough to see. I saw this as we were walking along the outer edge of the Amphitheater. We made our way to the third mound on the right before climbing up and sitting down. We had ham and turkey sandwiches, hula hoops (potato rings), and then had chocolate for dessert. I had a choice of three different flavors of J2O juice to choose from – I had the Apple Melon
We finished up lunch and took a walk around the amphitheater. I believe they said it seated around 2,000 people. Now this was of course when everything was built up, and there were actual seats as opposed to just rock and dirt, but it’s still impressive. The size of it is actually quite deceiving. They even continue to have performances there every now and then.
Finishing up our walk around the Amphitheater, we made our way across the street towards the Barracks. The path over led us between the playground on the right, and rugby fields to our left. Only some of the ruins were left behind as they use to house thousands of soldiers at once. The rooms were not large at all. Then again, I’m sure they were used only for sleeping in. This marked the end of the Roman Ruins. Our next destination was Castle Coch near Cardiff.
[End of Day 4, Part I]