Day two we headed to the medieval part of Ventimiglia which is up on a hill, overlooking the sea. We parked on the outskirts and walked up several stairs to enter the old town, meandering through its winding passageways where the residents live and work. This is not an area that caters heavily to tourists like other spots in Italy- but because of that you can get more of a feel for how people actually live.
Laundry hung out to dry was everywhere…
as were small shrines.
Around the corner from this shrine was another find- St. Michael’s Church.
If you want to read about our trip from the beginning, go to post #2- “My Visit to France: The Camargue” at http://www.catandbaby.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/275/.
Continuing with my photo essay of my visit to France…
Here I am in front of the amphitheater during our brief stop in Nimes. This is one of the better preserved amphitheaters in France. Constructed around 70 AD under the rule of the Roman empire, it was used for gladiator fights and other public events. Later on in the 6th century, a wall and moat were built around it for protection, and a village of 700 people (complete with two churches) existed inside. (For “10 Famous Roman Amphitheaters” go to http://www.touropia.com/roman-amphitheaters/.
Now moving inside, here’s another shot of the passageway that leads around the perimeter of the amphitheater and into the seating area. There are 60 arches in………HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!!!
As I was saying, the Nimes amphitheater was built with 120 arches on two levels. Moving on to the city of Arles, we see another amphitheater in this night time……HEY! ALLIGATOR! I SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??????