The next major city that we went to visit is Arles, France. We boarded the train early, but not as early as the day before. Luckily the weather was really nice so I was able to get lots of good pictures and we didn’t get wet or have to deal with being wet. The wind was really strong though. I was told that the wind was called the Mistral, and apparently it is very famous down in the south of France during this time. The winds got up to at least 80-100 kilometers per hour, so that was pretty windy. Sometimes I thought I was going to be blown away.
The first thing we visited was the Roman baths. I thought they were very beautiful and the structure was just incredible. The fact that it was still pretty well in tact was great. I got lots of great pictures and found that I was able to really enjoy the massiveness of the structure. The way the baths were laid out was that the water would flow in, be heated in a domed area and then flow to one compartment to the next. The first compartment it went into was one that was for very hot steamed water. The next compartment it went into was for room temperature water, and after that the water would flow into the area for cold water. After it went into all three chambers it just circulated back to the beginning. So the water would be re-used. The baths were mostly used for socialization rather than bathing, which I thought was interesting. The reason there were three sections were for when you go in and you could choose the temperature of water you wanted to go into for that day. Also the men and women would go at different times during the day. So that was a really part of our trip to be able to see that.
After that, as we traveled to go to the ampetheater, we got to go past the famous café that Vincent van gogh painted in his painting. I really liked that and felt like I was a part of history.
We then passed a roman theater that was really broken down. We also couldn’t go in so I didn’t get a picture of it. We then made our way to the ampetheater and went inside. The place was huge. It was used for bull fights, gladiator fights and other kinds of roman arena kinds of things. So I really liked that. Also, we were able to sneak down to the sand of the arena thought we weren’t really allowed to do that. We ran around and got lots of cool pictures before the police guys came and yelled at the people who followed us, though we got up just in time for them to not yell at us. So that was really a lot of fun.
After the ampetheater, we went to the Romanesque cloister of st. trophime. The cloister was having work done on it, so we really couldn’t see anything other than the north side. But the door was very impressive and I loved it. The sculpture work that the artists did was just breathtaking. I honestly wish I had someone put sculptures in my room like that.