#8 – Ampitheaters and a bit of Arles

cat 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/.

Nime Amphitheatre

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??????

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#7 – My trip to France: Chateau D’If

cat  Hello again – next stop on our France vacation – Chateau D’If.

Here is the view approaching Chateau D’If, a fortress about a mile off the coast of Marseille (photo from Wikipedia).

Docking at Chateau D’If.

Chateau D’If was constructed in the 1500s to guard against sea attacks; the imposing structure was later transformed into a prison.

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#4 – My trip to France: Aix-en-Provence and more

cat  Cat here again! Continuing on with photos from my France vacation – (see post #2) – here are a few images that caught my eye.

Some of the best were in Aix-en-Provence. Here are my favorites:

I guess the pins in his arms and head are to keep the pigeons off.

Looks pretty painful….

Sculpture at the Ancienne Halle Aux Grains, with images of wheat and fruit to symbolize the bounty of the earth.

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#2- My visit to France: The Camargue

cat  Hello! Cat here. My first few blog entries will be photo essays of my recent trip to Languedoc and Provence in the south of France. I was very fortunate to visit this beautiful region, with its rural beauty, ancient villages and markets of fresh food. Although I don’t get to travel much, it is one of my favorite things to do; so I am sharing some of the highlights of this trip with you. I’ve added some informative links where possible….I hope you enjoy!

Below, a beautiful Chateau on our way to the Camargue, an area mainly known for its white horses, bulls, pink flamingos, marshes, and french cowboys.

The Camargue, a national park since 1970, is about 1/3 lakes or marshland

but also includes grazing land.

So on our brief trip through the area, we saw white horses

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