Arles: Tauromachy and Roman HistoryArles is absolutely crazy about tauromachy, the polite term for bullfighting. They have just completed the four-day Easter feria, featuring a running of the bulls in the streets, Carmargue-style bull events (where a group of men dressed all in white try to grab a rosette from the animal's horns -- non-lethal), and Spanish-style events (definitely lethal). The latter are now illegal in France except for a few towns that can show a very long and unbroken tradition of such events.
No animals were harmed in the making of this blog.
The archeological museum is located on the banks of the Rhone, right on the site of the ancient Roman hippodrome, the horse racing arena that could seat 20,000+ spectators. It is a beautiful, spacious new facility with artifacts ranging from sculpture to mosaics to a recovered Roman boat to implements of everyday life.
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