As I continue to read the book C’est La Vie, the author goes to visit some friends in northern Provence in a village between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine. I couldn’t help think of all the children’s knock knock jokes I have repeated when my children were young. My modified rendition of one goes like this: Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you’re going to France?”
Yes, that was a groaner, but it does communicate one light-hearted truth: I am very glad and excited about going to France – and now perhaps to the town of Orange!
When I checked out Orange on the internet, I learned that it is 30 minutes from Avignon which is where we are heading when we leave Paris. I also learned that Orange has one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. In one of the guidebooks I was reading, the author commented that so many people go to Italy and are disappointed since they must exercise a lot of imagination as they view the historic ruins. However, in France, so much of its history is so well preserved that we gain a greater sense of what it was like in the past. Anyways, the Roman arch in Orange is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus! It is classified as a Unesco world heritage site. Well, perhaps we will make a point of driving through this village.