We fled the city one day to go on a “walk” (which actually turned out to be a full-on day hike that impaired my walking skills for the next couple of days. Thanks, Fivefinger shoes.).
|Overlooking Vienne, intersected by the Rhone, from the Antique Roman amphitheatre. At the bottom left of this photo, |
you can see the as-yet-unearthed Amphitheatre called the Odeon
(So were my sinuses)
Take a look:
We snaked our way back through town afterwards, stopping to visit the Ancient Roman Amphitheatre (where shows are held for the annual Jazz à Vienne Festival...House’s Hugh Laurie is playing this year!), the Vienne Cemetery, and The Garden of Cybèle .
|The Antique Roman Amphitheatre of Vienne, which dates back to 40-50 A.D. and could hold up to 13,000 people, |
making it one of the largest of the Roman Empire
The culture and history within this town are simply amazing, especially considering that we weren’t even going to stop here originally. I don’t typically like playing the tourist, but there is so much to see here that I’m all too content to throw on that fanny pack and my sneakers...or maybe just my sneakers.
Moral of the story: Visit Vienne.
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Today's Savings: Since we packed a lunch of leftovers for our day hike and had granola and fruit for lunch, we got away with only spending a couple bucks all day (to visit the Roman Amphitheatre).
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