Roman Theatre at Orange

After our weekend in Spain doing the Dali thing, we were looking for another place to visit with D before he headed back to ‘uni’ (I’m getting so British), when he said “Let’s go visit Annecy. I just saw a shot from a drone photo competition and it looks like a cool place – the Venice of the Alps.” I saw that it was only a six-hour drive from Chez Newman, so I said, “Sounds good – let’s go.”

Looking at the route on Google Maps, I saw that we would be going past places we’ve visited before – such as Nimes, Avignon and Uzes – and that we would be going past a place called Orange. Now, when D mentioned the Annecy, he said, “It looks so cool, it’s probably on the UNESCO World Heritage list.”

I checked – it isn’t.

But…Orange is. The reason: its 2000-year-old Roman theatre and nearby Triumphal Arch.

We had to stop. And so we did. This makes 62 sites on the list that we’ve seen. (Budapest was #61.)

The theatre – still in use – had hosted a show the night before. Apparently, it was Carmina Burana. D was mighty perturbed that we had missed it. At least we got to see a bit of the show’s scenery. Note: For a little bit longer – perhaps just hours – the France 3 TV web site is showing the performance and it is AMAZING. Hopefully, they’ll archive it.

The stone theatre wall helped project sounds from the stage.

The stone theatre wall helped project sounds from the stage.

Dismantling the scenery.

Dismantling the scenery.

Theatre wall and roof.

Theatre wall and roof.

Changeable heads. New emperor? Just pop the top.

Changeable heads. New emperor? Just pop the top.

'That's coming out of your paycheck.'

‘That’s coming out of your paycheck.’

After spending a couple of hours in the 34C/94F temps, it was time for drinks, a quick stop in the gift shop and back in the car to continue to the Alps.

As always, for even more photos, click on the link.

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The stories of a 'never out of the country until we moved to France' American.
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