I have a penchant on taking a nap inside parks and historical places, I actually just found out about it during this recent trip. LOL. In Paris, I took a nap inside the Luxembourg Gardens and I bet if only I had enough time in Strasbourg and Bruges, I might also have taken a nap in one of their gardens too. Well you see that’s what I like about Europe, they have a lot of greeneries which probably is the reason why I feel sleepy all the time. Green is the color to relax your eyes they say, so if you have a lot of those surrounding you – then there is no other way for your eyes to go but close itself. Right? LOL.
I was really very tired already during this leg of the trip, I think I have said it a million times since I’ve started my Lyon posts. I must say that I was not really doing very well as a tourist in Lyon – Paris and Strasbourg already drained my energy and I should’ve stopped after Strasbourg I guess. The good thing about it being tired was, I was able to spend a lot of time in most of the places I’ve visited while in Lyon to relax and take it all in – the sceneries that is. Normally, I probably would’ve spent a maximum of 30 minutes in a specific tourist attraction before I move on to the next. Well, it depends of course on what the attraction is but if it only requires some photos to be taken, then a maximum of 30 minutes is enough for me.
When I went to the Theatres Romains de Fourviere, I felt a little nostalgic. It was a huge area but not as big as the Colosseum or the Roman Theatre in Athens but what I liked about it was it has a lot of greeneries surrounding it. The grass, the trees and the chirping birds were all telling me to lie down and take a nap. Who am I to say no to nature?
So I took a nap, for about 45 minutes. Good thing birds did not poop on my face, it would’ve been really embarrassing because there were a lot of people around the area. Some were having a picnic, some were reading books, some were singing with one of them playing a French song in his/her guitar and some were just there, sitting and observing what’s in front of them. I did all of those things (except the singing part) but took a longer time napping.
About the Theatres Romains de Fourviere itself, there really is nothing much special about it except that it is a ruin of a Roman Theatre, obviously. Interestingly though, the theatre is still used at present time for cultural shows and performances.
The theatre was built in two steps: around 15 BC, a theatre with a 90 m diameter was built next to the hill. At the beginning of the 2nd century, the final construction added a last place for the audience. The diameter is 108 m, and there were seats for 10,000 people.
Nowadays, the theatre is primarily a tourist site, but it is still used as a cultural venue. Each year, the Nuits de Fourvière festival takes place in the theatre.
I tried to research more about it but couldn’t find any. If you do know any other interesting facts about this site, do let me know. 🙂
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