Vaison la Romaine has some of the largest Roman ruins in France (The largest according to this website). They are mainly scattered over two sites called Puymin and La Villasse. Puymin is the biggest one also spanning the Roman theatre. La Villasse is smaller but just as awesome as Puymin I think. It is unclear to me at this time which parts had to be dug up and which parts have always been visible.
I have made a lot of photos and maybe it's best to let your imagination guide you :-)
From the Puymin area.
This is Sabina.
Aren't they they cute! ;-)
This was one room of the public bath in La Villasse. I keep wondering if it was excavated like this or if if was above ground or if it was rebuild...
And that concluded my visit to the two Roman sites. INcredibly fun if you like discovering these kinds of things.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Tags: Holiday 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
(Image from Wikipedia)
One of the things I wanted to see myself, was the Palais des Papes. Several popes lived here for a while after one of them decided to move out of Rome because it got a bit too violent there.
(Image from Wikipedia)
I forgot to make this photo myself so I am borrowing this from the Wikipedia site. This is the main entrance. It gives a bit of perspective on its size. Now look at the previous picture again.
One thing I always love about castles are the window seats carved out of stone. It's one of the very few places where you can somehow imagine being one of the inhabitants and how the people living here in those days could've felt.
All in all we were all a bit dissapointed because of the emptiness of the castle but oh well...
(More on the bridge at its Wikipedia page)
Next stop was the Pont de Avignon, also know as "Pont Saint-Bénézet". I was very curious to find out what the deal is with this bridge that ends halfway in the water!
So why is the bridge not complete? This is what happened:
It was build between 1177 and 1185. Fourty years later it was destroyed during the Albigensian Crusade (you can look that up yourself if you wish ;-) ). The bridge was rebuild but too costly to maintain because arches kept collapsing when the river flooded. It wasn't really strong, at some point the bridge was barely wide enough to let 2 adults pass eachother on foot! Some parts were also rebuild with wood instead of stone. So in the middle of the 17th century the bridge was abandoned and left to what it is today.