My son and I are leaving our small town in southeastern United States to live for a year in a small town in southeastern France. It couldn't possibly be THAT different, right?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 5 Nîmes

Jed poses with bullfighter Nimeno II in front of the two-thousand-year-old Arènes.

Jed listens to the audio guide at the Arènes.  He didn't want to leave when the adults in the crowd had had enough history.  The descriptions of the battles were gruesome, and he loves that sort of thing.  Enemies of the emperor being fed to wild animals IS pretty cool, I guess.

La Maison Carrée, a two-thousand-year-old Roman temple located next door to a pharmacy and a café.  We liked the 3D movie about the courageous citizens of Nîmes that we saw here.  I didn't know that 3D technology was so old!  Those Romans thought of everything!

More memorable than the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world was the photo shoot taking place in front of the amphitheater.  These beautiful people were clothed at first and then gradually took off more and more clothes until some were totally nude.  (Don't worry!  Jed averted his eyes as soon as the first articles of clothing came off!  He thought that this was SO embarrassing!)  After the photo shoot, we asked one of the subjects if they were making an ad, and they told us that they were graduating from pharmacy school that day, and that this is how they were celebrating the end of six years together.   

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