3/3: ARENAS, CIRCUS, COLISEUM
Given the slopes of its seats, the amphitheater offered a clear view of the arena for its 15000 spectators. Seats were arranged according to social status: the anstocracy at the bottom, free citizens in the middle and the plebeians at the top. Everyone had to benefit from easy access to his/her place and to be able to leave quickly once the spectacle was over. The architectural design met both requirements.
2/3: THE MONUMENT IN THE ROMAN CITY
All that now remains of the amphitheater of Palais Galien, situated on the fringe of the territory of Burdigala, is the gate of the "setting sun" and the ends of the elliptical walls which supported the wooden seats of the cavea. The orientation of its axes proves that it hadn't been planned in the early urbanism layout organized in the early days of the Roman Empire.
1/3: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A MONUMENT
This fantastic ruin, which was abandoned after the 3rd century, was given the name of "Palais Gallien" around 1300: in the 16th century it was associated with the Emperor Gallien, who by all accounts had it built. Considered as useless during the French revolution, it was doomed to destruction with the building of houses on the ruins. It disappear under the construction of a new neighborhood in 1973. Saved from demolition, the gate of the "setting sun" is all that remains of the monument.
The adorable cobblestone streets of Paris are calling my name, ugh I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve last been! If you asked me how many times I’ve been, I honestly couldn’t tell you, I’ve lost count. To be completely frank with you, before I knew anything about traveling, Paris was quite literally the very last city on my list of “must visits.” I thought it was cliché, that the French were rude (which is not the case, they’re just not overly friendly with strangers like Americans can be) and that it wouldn’t be worth checking out because it’s “overrated.” But even after going countless times, I’ve learned that Paris is one of those cities that never gets old, no matter how many times you’ve been. Since living in France, and all the aspects of my life that continue to keep me connected to this beautiful culture and country, I’ve found that it truly is a place where my heart and soul feel comfortable and at home. It’s so uncommon for me to find places that make me feel this way! Do you know what I mean? Where is your home away from?
"Je vais te dire un truc que tu sais déjà"...": Aussi grand et fort que tu sois, la vie te mettra à genoux et te laissera comme ça en permanence si tu la laisses faire. Toi, moi, n'importe qui, personne ne frappe aussi fort que la vie. C'est pas d'être un bon cogneur qui compte, l'important c'est de se faire cogner et d'aller quand même de l'avant. C'est de pouvoir encaisser sans jamais flancher. C'est comme ça qu'on gagne." Rocky Balboa.