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A spa bath


One evening, we were invited by some Israeli's to go for an illicit bout of spa bathing.  This is somewhere in the foothills of the Golan, about 10 metres from the Jordanian border, in ruins of an old Roman spa complex. The area is overgrown and in the dark it is like being in the jungle. The site is closed because of a dispute among archaelogical authorities. The dispute of some 50 years standing has not been solved yet.


Here some of us are in the water of the old bath. The roof has caved in and the rubble now forms the floor of the ruin bath. One can just see this in the clear water. It makes standing difficult. The water is from a natural source and is maintained at this level by the source and natural pressure. Temp is just below 40°C, which is quite warm.


That evening, we had some trouble with Palestinians who were after our belongings that were left at the pool-side, as we went for the swim.  A young man was seen, trying to reach into the sweatsuit pockets of one of our hosts and that set the cat among the pigeons.



comments (16)

Oh my - what an adventure! Is that you with the headlamp on?
Louis: No, I am behind the camera. That guy with the headlamp also has a nifty little Canon in his hand. It is waterproof!
Good gracious, you are leaving in a dangerous way Louis...but I bet you enjoyed the bath!
Louis: The bath was quite an experience. The altercation with the Palestinians was something not normally experienced by tourists. All in all, a very adventurous night.
I hope nothing was actually taken in the end Louis. What a great place this seems and how fascinating to be bathing where Romans once bathed.
Louis: The bathing was quite an experience. Nothing was taken, but to put it mildly, temperatures outside the bath ran high.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Mar 2016, 06:47
Wow - bet that was a good thing to do Louis
Louis: Oh yes, definitely, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Mar 2016, 07:04
Some people have a problem with knowing what is theirs and yours...
I bet the water was great and you felt good.
Louis: The bath was excellent. Nothing was taken, but to put it mildly, temperatures outside the bath ran high.
I guess you'll never forget THAT evening, Louis! WOW.
Louis: For many reasons, it was a memorable night, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 7 Mar 2016, 07:10
Although they people look modern, it really gives a feel of what it must have been like in Roman times
Louis: It was quite an experience, Lisl.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Mar 2016, 07:40
I remember to have been in such a spa bath, but only among women, and the Moslem women wore partly their clothes (bare bossoms).
Louis: Hmm, since this is way off the beaten track, the only females, were those in our group. No bare bossoms.
Eventually there will be nothing left for then to argue over
Louis: That will be very far in the future, Bill.
How is the water maintained so nicely?
Louis: The way I understand it, the source is just outside the bath and the through flow was left unhampered all these years. It is amazing that the water could still be so clear.
At least in the end a good time was had by all no doubt.
Louis: Except for the altercation between the Palestinians and us. But even then, one has good 'war'stories to live on smile
There is always someone to take advantage of such an opportunity
Louis: True. Organised shennanigans came to my mind.
A rather ancient one by the looks of it!
Louis: Roughly 100 AD as I understand.
Room for more? smile
what a wonderful adventure Louis... i love people who break the rules...
otherwise why would there be rules in the first placegrin
Louis: And the rules seem not to apply any more, as all of this happened right under the noses of an Israeli military post. A soldier even came to observe, just before the commotion started. Maybe the Palestinians knew to wait until he is gone. Wouldn't know, since I don't speak the language. But it was fun, thanks peter.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 14:08
I am imagining you caused a hullaballoo by insisting on skinny-dipping, Louis...
Louis: It was that Palestinian smoking sweet mary jane that caused the hullaballoo smile

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