Ailsa has chosen ‘Ancient’ as the travel theme for this week. I am travelling in time here as well – all these images are from the 1980s.
I have chosen Greek and Roman ruins to illustrate this. Firstly, the Asklepion of Hippocrates (he of the Hippocratic oath) on the Greek island of Kos:
Next up, the Roman Theatre at Orange, in Provence, France:
Next, a view from a gallery inside the Roman Ampitheatre at Nîmes, Provence. This is right behind the seats that look onto the bullring. Shows the solidity of the structure, built to last!
And last, saved because it’s the best in my view- the Pont du Gard in the evening light. I have been to this place a number of times, and will always remember my first view of it from the banks of the Rhone near Remoulins. I had been captivated by stories of this bridge with no railings, and wanted to go myself. And in the early 1980s you still had access to the structure from the hillside. People used to walk across the top of it, and as I was crawling (don’t like heights but was determined to do this), I remember seeing a Frenchwoman in heels, child piggybacking on her back, strolling nonchalently across. We are talking about a 200 foot drop to the river below, and no railings…!
Trot over to Ailsa’s blog for some more Ancient here.