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Public pool pilgrimages

The annual ritual of pool hopping is here. The donning of the swim suit, sunglasses, sunhat, and packing the suntan lotion, towel, and reading material is a rite of the season just as much as eating tomatoes and ice cream. The other day, while sunbathing at our somewhat nondescript pool, I got curious about other public pools here and abroad. To answer my call, Budget Travel did an article last summer called “10 gorgeous pools you won’t believe are public ” by Sean O’Neill. For pool fans, this is a solid reference article on the subject and may be worth archiving. Here are five favorites from the list.

1. The pool at Bondi Beach, Australia

The swimming experience hits on all levels – color, sonic, wetness – for swimming lovers, this is the ultimate, I think.

2. The Badesschiff (Bathing Ship), Berlin

This pool wins accolades for its proximity to downtown Berlin, and its cleaver construction of being inserted directly into the existing river.

3. The Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a marvel of geography, and so would be a destination for nature buffs. The lagoon is filled with 100-degree sea water made from the area’s thermal springs.

4. Gellert Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary

The thermal pools immerse you in history dating back to the 15th century. This is practically the birthplace of pools as we know them, and the pastime of swimming for leisure.

5. Kastrup Sobad, Copenhagen, Denmark

Located five minutes from downtown Copenhagen, this pool takes the cake for innovative architecture. It is a circular wood pavilion that circles the Baltic and provides an excellent perch upon which to plunge.

Taking the plunge in any of these pools would make a glorious summer day, and this article really does show that when it comes to great public pools, you just need to know where to go. Images courtesy of Budget Travel.


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