Ever since the Roman domination, the towns of Aix-en-Provence (France) and Bath (England) have shared a common fate, related to the presence of hot springs.
Aquae Sextiae, former name of Aix-en-Provence, was an oppidum named after the consul Sextius Calvinus, who founded it in 123 b.C., choosing the site for its water springs.
This is no surprise, as we all know that Romans were big fans of thermal care. Such importance had the habit of spending time, socializing and, more generally speaking, making history in spas, that Romans established one of their remarkable works of hydraulic engeneering up North, in the valley of river Avon, where the springs once dedicated to the Celtic god Sulis were. The year was 43 A.D.
Est-ce-que c’est ça la raison du jumelage entre les deux villes? Peut-être.