Weekly Travel Theme: Ancient

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:

Asklepion, Kos

Asklepion, Kos

Next up, the Roman Theatre at Orange, in Provence, France:

Roman theatre, Orange

Roman theatre, Orange

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!

Gallery, Nîmes ampitheatre.

Gallery, Nîmes ampitheatre.

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…!

Pont du Gard, evening light

Pont du Gard, evening light

Trot over to Ailsa’s blog for some more Ancient here.

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25 comments

  1. Lovely, and yes the bridge gets my vote 🙂

  2. Lucky you—I’ve only seen the Pont du Gard (from a distance, nowhere as close up as you) and the Nîmes amphitheatre when the French family I was staying with kindly drove me around the south of France. Never got to Orange, but the theatre is just such a structure that the ancients used in their imagination for their Art of Memory. And Kos — well, I’ve had lettuces from there…

  3. Wonderful! I especially like the light & shadow n in the colonnade!

    • Thanks! I was lucky with the light that day… Been to loads of cloisters when the light hasn’t been right! Can’t win them all…

  4. Fantastic, Susan!!!
    Pedro.

  5. What a beautiful gallery Sue! Wow what a trip!

  6. lovely, lovely photos! the bridge is simply spectacular!

  7. We seem to have similar likes in the ancient department. The bridge photo is my fave.

  8. Beautiful gallery. I once walked the upper row on Pont du Gard…it’s not allowed anymore.

  9. How wide is Pont du Gard, Sue? I might have to forego the high heels! (I usually do anyway, these days 🙂 )

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