Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Wroxeter Roman City, England

31 May 2011

Andrew and I sometimes think so alike that it scares me…really, really scares me. We were driving back from Powis Castle in Wales and had not planned on seeing another place. We had already had a very full day. We both must have been finding it difficult to just see one site. I was looking at our route on the map and noticed an English Heritage Roman City very close to our route. At the same time Andrew was noticing road signs for the same place and began to drive to our next adventure. We would have just enough time before the place closed. Wroxeter Roman City was the fourth largest town in Roman Britain. Only a tiny portion of the city is above ground but it is still an impressive place and provides wonderful in-sights into Roman life in Britain 1500 years ago. It is impossible not to notice the villa at Wroxeter. It was built in 2010 using the same techniques and materials that the Romans would have used. The villa is based on the designs of a Roman town house that had been excavated in 1913 – 1914. An audio tour guides you through the city and panels are in place which show how the town would have looked to the Romans. Wroxeter Roman City and the work of English Heritage show us an important part of the history of Roman Britain. I love the columns of bricks that can be seen. The ancient Romans had under floor heating 2000 years ago. And I thought that my uncle was all high tech when he installed in-floor heating a few years ago. We can learn a lot from the Romans.

English Heritage was doing a tasting of some of their yummy products whilst we were there. I thought that I had hit the food jack pot when I discovered clotted cream. And then I tasted lemon curd. A wonderful combination of cream and lemon (reminding me of the lemon pies my nan made). English Heritage makes the most yummiest lemon curd I have ever tasted. Scones with lemon curd. Crepes with lemon curd. Waffles with lemon curd. Lemon cured eaten out of the jar with a spoon. The possibilities are endless.

In the spirit of those ancient Romans, I will embrace steam rooms and hot baths. And in the spirit of all the lemon curd I see in my future, I will embrace time at the gym.

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