Enjoy a Roman-themed holiday in France for a mix of history, culture, and adventure. Rent a car and have a Roman road trip in France. Explore these cities that feature fascinating history, stunning architecture, and exciting adventure. What’s more, this trip could be done on a long weekend.
I’d read about Provence’s unforgiving mistral wind, and now I was battling it in the Ancient Roman theater in Orange, France.
The sky was a clear, brilliant blue on this autumn day, but frigid gusts grew stronger the higher I climbed. Struggling to maintain my footing, I tried to channel lessons learned from years of doing balancing poses on a yoga mat. I could taste a grit in my mouth, the dust of limestone ground down over the millennia.
When the wind got to be too much, I sat upon the chilly concrete seats and admired the splendor of my surroundings. The 2,000-year-old theater’s spectacular backdrop wall soaked up the day’s last hours of sunlight. Weathered columns and niches were still bathed in a golden light, but a statue of Augustus had already fallen into shadows.
Tips for the travelers.
Théâtre Antique d’Orange
This historical Roman theatre in France has been built in the first century. The UNESCO World Heritage site, carved into a hillside in Provence, can fit 10000 spectators on its stone seats. Nowadays, the theater sees mostly operas and hosts the world-famous annual festival of Les Chorégiesd’Orange. The first two rock bands to perform at the venue were the Dire Straits and the Cure.
The Cure gig was filmed in its entirety by Tim Pope.
National Centre for the Performing Arts
The National Grand Theatre, or The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), is one of the 4 most important landmarks in Beijing. The titanium-and-glass ovule that appears to be floating on water, is often compared to an egg.