despite my work preoccupations, i managed to relax these past two days at the new thermal baths in BATH. it is an interesting building and a rare example of public SPA, affordable, unisex and for mass entertainment as it used to be in the roman times, and similar to the idea of hammans in morocco or turkey. the highlight of this experience was the roof-top open air swimming pool overlooking the city and its breathtaking countryside - unbeatable!
it was a shining day but when the sun went down it became very chilly. we found shelter in the smallest pub of bath, a cosy, warm and friendly little gem, where we watched a disappointing rugby final.
sunday was safari day! we visited longleat. it was frowned with families and excited children. the most thrilling moment for us was when indian monkeys jumped on our car and , for steve's mum's joy (the car was hers!), managed to remove a piece from the windscreen. little cheeky bastards! the lion family was all asleep, on top of each others while some caps were playing as far as possible from human sight; the chimpanzee lived on a small island and was depressed and lonely as it recently lost his partner. meerkats were cute. otters were funny. i even managed to glimpse at a snake (from a safety distance), hold by a keeper, without freaking out!
by the way, did you know that bees have 5 eyes and no ears; ostriches pee on their legs to cool themselves down; all the spiders weigh more than all the people; and ostriches' eyes are bigger than their brain?!? Strange but true!