Mom and I took are first P Day in four weeks so we went up to Orange to see the Ancient Roman Theater. We were supposed to see it when we went up to Couples Conference, but we needed to get back to attend a young adult activity so we didn't see it. Orange and Avignon are only an hours drive from our house. Since we were by ourselves we took our time and had a nice day in Orange. This theater was constructed in about 10 BC under the rule of Augustus Caesar. Much of it original beauty is gone now. The Visigoths had there way with it. They still perform here, classical music, theater and Opera only! Phantom of the Opera played here last season. This holds 10,000 people. Even with my 10mm wide angle lens I couldn't get a good photo of it.
We had lunch outside since it was warm. The south has a much different feel than the north of France. Avignon is still one of my favorite villes. We finished our day in Avignon. It was nice to go to a more tranquil place. Marseille is anything but tranquil.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Well it was a three day Conference/sight seeing tour. I say that because we spent three hour being instructed by the Mission President and then he took us for 2 1/2 days of sight seeing in Avignon, Nimes, Arels, Orange and Les Baux. It was a little two fast for me but the conference was good and the touring was fun. Did a lot of walking so my feet and knee are a little sore. While in Nimes mom fell in a hole in the side walk and hurt her knee. She is doing well and not complaining. She was able to crawl to the thimble stores to get her souvenir thimbles. Tomorrow we are going to Nice for Stake Conference. A General Authority will be there to have a meeting with all the young adults and couples in charge of the Young Adult Centers after Stake Conference. Below are some pics of our excursion up north.
|Palais des Pape, Court Yard. This is where the French Popes were headquartered from 1309 to 1387. They moved the Papacy from Rome to Avignon, France. 1387 ended the reign of the French Popes and was moved back to Rome.|
Le Palais des Papes Avignon, France
|Yes that is a gold Mary on top.|
|Gold Mary on top of the Palais des Pape|
|Rhone from the Palais du Pape|
|Pont du Gard, This is a Roman Aqueduct built in 40 AD. It is the Largest of reaming Roman Aqueducts, near Avignon, France|
|Pont du Gard over the river, Gard|
|The river Gard from on top of the Pont Du Gard|
|Here is an Roman Temple built in about 50 AD in the center of Nimes. This just a 5 minute walk form the Arena past high end shops. It was close enough to watch the killing in the day at the Arena and come worship in late afternoon.|
|The small ville and Chateau of Les Baux|
|View from the Chateau Les Baux|
|The Ville Les Baux|
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Jeannine and I were on a rare trip down town Marseille to buy some things for the Center. It is insane to drive down town Marseille at any time of day. There are no, "Rules of the road" when driving in Marseille. Driving resembles playing Frogger with the pedestrians and moto scooters. This is Point Roman. It is where all the nice shops and restaurants are.