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Visit to Forthryte Bathouse - Arkansas

sunny 23 °C

We decided to do a nice little tour of one of the few remaining bathouses in Hot Springs... and went to visit the Fordyce one... this has been converted into a museum and it is an awesome and most interesting visit.

All rooms have been preserved in their original state.. you just realise how advanced they were at the time or how much some of the thermal treatments have not evolved...

The building is just beautiful and here are some views of the different rooms and levels.
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Basement, the machinery room and the springs...
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You can either use the lift or the stairs:
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Ground floor treatment rooms, colonic irrigation, sweat box, power showers... you name it
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1st floor, ladies room, gymnasium
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Top floor is a specific treatment room and the music room:
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Some interesting artwork and features:
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This is a well worthwhile visit, it is free, most interesting and does really give you a great insight to how the bathouses were functioning at the time...

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Duck tour in Hot Springs & Laser Quest - Arkansas

semi-overcast 20 °C

Today we devoted the day to the kids so we decided to do a duck tour of the town, followed by a laser quest and a mini golf... and some wine tasting for daddy!!!

We only did that as we met a family on our little tour and they told us about the offer of $30 for the tour and mini golf, wine tasting, wax museum, gambling museum and laser quest (we could not do go kart as the kids were too small)....

This is the duck bus/boat
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So we went on the tour of the city and here are some shots of ourselves!!!!
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And here are some shots of the city....
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This are some views of lake Hamilton, one of the 3 lakes in the surroundings of Hot Springs with Lake Catherine and Lake Washington...
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This is the photo of our laser quest
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Posted by ealonso 20:24 Archived in USA Tagged springs golf tour wine hot duck mini tasting laser arkansas quest Comments (0)

Museum of the Native American - Fayetteville

overcast 20 °C

Before meeting up with Kieran we decided to go to see the Museum of the Native American, i.e. the Indians to see what it looked like...

You can check the website http://www.monah.us/index.html....

The museum is set in an ultra modern building and is an amazing display of arrow heads (for those of you who really like arrow heads) and there is even a short documentary on several key arrow heads design such as the "clovis" .. but I will not spoil your curiosity and will let you come and see it for yourselves!! :)
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There are a lot of displays of potteries of the different tribes that inhabited the area as well as the further afield south America, there are some displays on Maya and Inca pottery too.

But I think what I liked most was the beautiful display of dresses and outfits worn by the different Indian tribes. The bead work is amazing and we should really learn from them, the leather is so soft and the shoes look so comfortable... You can also see the ancestor of the baby backpack .. so much nicer looking than our contemporary one even though looking a tat too right compared to our fully padded versions!
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There is some displays of bows and weapons which are of some interest .. and of the animals...
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I think the ironic display that shows the modern pottery (if you imagine the fine French Limoges pottery you are quite near the design) which was made by the American obviously once the Indians had all been sent to special reserves... The pieces just looked so rigid compared to the rest of the museum but I supposed it is part of the history so we will let them off...

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Playground fun in Fayetteville

overcast 20 °C

Today we met up with Kieran and Mithra after school and went to the local park to fly a kite and go in the playground...

We had some fun flying the kite even though the wind was too strong for the kids to fly our 1.8m power kite so daddy flew that one which left us with one kite for 3 kids which, as you can well imagine, gave rise to a few tantrums, tears and drama but we managed to get some good flying time...
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Teo heavier than Hayden had more chance at staying on his feet but at times had to actually sit down not to be dragged by the wind... neraly a pro my son ... well done!!!
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Hayden had some easy winds first as you can see.. looking cool and kind of too at ease on those shots...
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And then the wind picked up and so did his concentration... he did very well with daddy's help and managed to get some good figures of 8 and turns... well done kiddo!!!
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I got that great shot on the way to the car!
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We then all went to the playground of Mithra's school which was pretty cool...

Mummy played some tricks!!!
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The climbing frame was a favourite one...
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Then the monkey bars...
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The geodesic too...
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And finally some silly shots to finish of the day...
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We then went on a nice Thai restaurant... Teo had a spice curry which still tunred out to be too spicy... Hayden had a huge diner ... all adults finsihed ours and we had 4 take away ... this is tomorrow's lunch for us!!!!

Tomorrow weather forecast is rain so we are planning to do a lot of homework and cinema!!!!

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One day in Fayetville

sunny 20 °C

Today we had lunch outside as the weather was so fine!!!
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We then went fishing in the lake near where Kieran lives.... We had a giggle as we sent a few lines in the trees so here I was in my flipflops in the water recovering what I could ... Actually I got another 2 baits so obviously other people had the same misadventure that we did but they also did not have the super mum that Teo and Hayden have .... rock on mum!!!
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Later we wanted to find a sport shop as Frank needed some trainers and we wanted to ahve a look for kids clothes... so we also found a couple of great shops which had everything you could wish for...
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Posted by ealonso 19:57 Archived in USA Tagged fishing Comments (0)

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