It languorously rolls off the tongue. In fact, it sounds just like it should feel – a great soak in hot bubbling water followed by a vigorous massage. The seducing charms of a spa treatment are not lost on me. In fact, I am a devotee. And from my tour around the extensive gardens of the royal park of San Souci outside Potsdam, I am not alone in my embrace of their sybaritic pleasures.
Salve, loosely translates to “heal or soothe” and is a common greeting seen at entrances to homes and other buildings. “Welcome to you and to your health.”
The Roman Bath (circa 1829) is just one of the buildings in the park designed by Karl-Friedrich Schinkel for Crown Prince Frederick William as an escape from the pressures of the court.