The ancient spa on Lipari Island, not far from the cliff walk. The warm mineral water is still flowing.
The Blue Lagoon Geysir
Postcards from Bad Oeyhhausen, West Phalia. The pigs remembered in this fountain lead to the discovery of the thermal waters. As they wallowed in a muddy field, the farmer noticed a crust of salt on their backs. (The story reminds me of the cows who found epsom salts). The king set up a salt mine.Continue reading “Bad Oyenhausen’s salty springs”
A packet of mineral bath salts from the thermal springs in Beppu, Japan. The sacred hot spring pools are coloured turquoise blue, milky white and ‘hell’ red by the mineral content in the water.
A leaflet from the Poseidon thermal complex on the island of Ischia in Southern Italy. The Ancient Roman Emperors and other elite took holidays in their villas on the near by island Capri. The islands are near Naples and it’s volcano, Vesuvius. It can take an afternoon at least to try out all the poolsContinue reading “Poseidon Terme”
Bottled thermal spring water, not for drinking, a souvenir of Bath Spa.
We found the well at the centre of a radiating development of low houses. It was enclosed in a newly designed monument and surrounded by lavender. This was the source of the famous Epsom Spa. Henry Wicker, a villager, was grazing his cows on the common during the very dry summer of 1618. He sawContinue reading “Epsom Salts”
[FAG id=4537] The mill in the photos is the Cromford Cotton Mill of Richard Arkwright. As we toured the mill, I was struck with the way Arkwright worked things out. He worked out how to process cotton using a machine; he designed the mill as a fortress, with good defences as the machinery was unpopularContinue reading “Matlock Thermal Spring”
This is the petrifying well of Matlock Bath. Matlock Bath is a small spa town which was fashionable in the Victorian Era for hydrotherapy, and now its amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and illuminations make it known as a seaside town without the sea and even the Alps of the Peak District. The petrifyingContinue reading “The Petrifying Well”
A 1930s tourist brochure for the Ariege featuring the two main attractions; the thermal spas and the Prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux.