In the morning we went to a Roman Amphitheater that’s 2000 years old!! It’s all made out of stone, except for the roof made out of wood, but it was burned down by barbarians in the 400’s. The theatre used to be divided into sections of wealthy and poor people with walls in between them. It projects sound from the bottom to the top so everybody can hear the show. The actors have caves on the inside of the theatre so they can cool off. It’s absolutely breathtaking! – Isaac
It has such good acoustics from the way it was designed. At one time village people lived in the theatre. It could hold 10 000 people at once. The actors had to practice so hard. It was a demanding job. Comedies and tragedies were performed there. The artist’s mask was also important to symbolize a character. The wall is run down and gives a dramatic effect to the theatre. – Alexandra
The head on the statue was removable so they could change it depending on who was in control of the roman empire at any given time.
The acoustics here really are amazing. From the top you can hear the sounds of gravel under the feet of people walking in front of the stage.
They have live performances here all summer long. Ballets, operas, rock concerts. How amazing would that be to see?
This is the 3rd Arc de Triomphe we’ve seen on our trip.
In Orange we stayed with Benoit and his family. He is the brother our friend Olivier. This is Benoit’s son Paul
Louanne, Benoit’s stepdaughter.
With Mamie, Olivier and Benoit’s mom. We have met her before at home.
Benoit and one of the three musketeers.
Benoit, Mamie and the rest of the family were so generous with us. Marie-Noelle is a fabulous cook and even made us many types of pastries from scratch. Benoit cures all his own meats and makes sausages etc. that we got to sample. (These skills are in addition to their normal jobs). There was little English spoken, so along with the extra pounds, we gained more French vocabulary.
On the left is Thomas, Benoit’s eldest son.
A lock on the Rhône, close to their home.