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... was feeding the convicted criminals and prisoners of war to the beasts. Quite a barbaric form of entertainment and not one that was greatly appreciated amongst the spectators hence the reason for leaving the arena. After the lunch break it was time for the Gladiators to make an appearance, however it was not quite as gruesome as legend may have it. It was very rare that gladiators were actually killed in the arena and certainly not ...
... condition considering its age. We followed the track to where the aqueduct starts. It is fed by an underground stream which is still pushing out water today (not via the aqueduct of course). Pure fresh water and it is delicious. We walked along the top of the aqueduct in parts and some of the stones have been lifted to reveal inside. It is hard to believe that they used this piece ...
... the flamingoes strolled along in big groups, ranging in size and maturity and including young ones who didn't have the lovely colours yet. Took so many photos! We then continued to the lovely little seaside town of Saintes Marie's de la mer. Really the first time we've been to a touristy place, but very pretty, lots of white buildings with blue paintwork looking great against the right blue ...
... occurrence in the ancient arena. We line up and purchase tour tickets and make our way down underground along the vaulted corridor out into the seating area of the arena. The tour is really a waste of time and we are not impressed as we all sit on the hard benches in the blazing sun and listen to a recording of the history of the arena. So we wander discreetly away and find a cafe for coffee and croissant.
Nimes is quite a pretty city ...
... Sports. Full of old boys drinking pastis and coffee whilst ignoring the smoking ban. Excellent pain au chocolat and croissant from boulangerie opposite. Madame serving in baggy jumper absolutely covered in flour. Even the whiskers on her upper lip ( it wasn't just the jumper that was hairy! ) were dusted with flour. Brussels is a long way from parts of France and long may it continue to be so. Then off towards Montpellier. The most extraordinary drive ...