Roman baths, Pompeii

No Roman town would be complete without a bathing complex. Pompeii featured a marvelous facility. The exterior of the structure wasn’t much to see in its current condition:

DSC_3157But going inside, one is very impressed. The photo below shows the sort of locker room with niches where bathers places their belongings:

DSC_3158Here’s a look at what was a sauna. The break in the wall shows the hollow space where hot air flowed to warm the room:

DSC_3159And here’s a look at an indoor pool, complete with skylight:

DSC_3167And another bathing area:

DSC_3160Of  course there was quite a bit of decoration as can be seen from the ceiling show in the next image:

DSC_3165The Romans thought of everything for this facility. It must have been a pleasant place to get clean, relax, and have a chat with your fellow resident. Surely it was the precursor to today’s modern spas.

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Castilla Termal Monasterio Valbuena

Looking for a quiet spot to relax and recharge? Castilla Termal Monasterio Valbuena, near Peñafiel, Spain, may be just the spot. This reconstructed monastery is located among the vineyards of Duero River.

DSC_2856You’ll find and indoor, heated pool on the lower level:

IMG_1831Very pleasant view from that pool. The outdoor pool its just beyond the glass.

IMG_1838All sorts of spa treatments are available, from massage to facial to aroma therapy. There are plenty of common areas for a cozy drink or a business meeting.

DSC_2847I’ll post about the rooms next. So check back soon.

Hospederia del Vino, Ábalos, Spain

During a recent visit to the La Rioja region of Spain, I had the pleasure of staying at the Hospederia del Vino. Located at the very edge of the hamlet of Ábalos, this is an active winery with a comfortable guest house, complete with pool and hot tub.

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The main building seen above features several guest room and the various places for dining and meeting. Here’s a look at the pool, which is indoors.

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Plenty of room in the water for you and all your friends. The Hospederia is operated by the Puelles family, and Jesús is passionate about his wine and country, so definitely opt for the wine tour and tasting. Here’s a look at the room:

DSC_2454.JPGEverything here for a comfortable stay, including a well appointed bathroom that can be seen in the next photo:

DSC_2455There is plenty of parking, a great breakfast, and all the tranquility you need for a great sleep. More about Spain soon!

Published in: on September 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm  Comments (2)  
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Double Happy, Aruba, video

Aruba is known as “One Happy Island.” There’s also a number of other happily named places on the island, such as this small Chinese operated bar/restaurant/pool hall, known as the “Double Happy.” Here’s a short video:

Friends gather several nights a week to shoot pool, have some drinks, laugh, and enjoy the fun. This place is located at the south end of San Nicolaas. Bon dia.