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The amphitheatre, built in the reign of Claudius in AD40, it has a series of steps built into the sides of the valley and an embankment at the western end. This is the view eastwards towards the great stone entrance. The amphitheatre measures 126m x 102m and could hold about 15,000 spectators.
There are evening shows `Sites en Scene` durin August.
Written May 24, 2004
Address: Rue Lacurie, Saintes.
A small bistro run by owner-chef and his wife: two small rooms only. The decor is neat and under-stated, yet perfect. Just like the food. It's one of our favourite haunts - which I why I normally don't tell of it. But you need to book.
There is a choice of menus, the same prices lunch and evening: from €15.00 to €30.00. Given the quality of the food and wine, this is exceptional value. There is a choice of meat and fish dishes (including a fish of the day), all well-sauced. But it's the vegetable accompaniments that make the dish. eg the rice is perfumed with cardamom (not over-whelmed), and the couscous delicately spiced as well; but so are the creamed carrots, the aubergine and, and, and ... The sweets here are no let-down either.
If you don't book and can't get a table, don't blame me.
Favorite Dish: Menu changes - see comments above.
Updated Sep 15, 2010
Address: 28 rue St-Michel, Saintes
Phone: 05 46 93 08 51
Marie-Christine VEILLON has developped a new concept where FASHION matches with ART. Each new season, she invites a young talent enabling her customers to discover his work.
What to buy: LOOKING for a special MAKE? ASK GOOGLE and immediately discover where in Saintes?
Written May 11, 2008
Favorite thing: Saintes was an important place for the romans and they have left plenty of evidence of their stay here, the amphitheatre, the thermal bath and the Arch of Germanicus. The arch was built in 18-19ad at the entrance to a bridge, it served as a gate for the town on the great roman road from Lyon and bears an inscription to the emperor Tiberius and his nephews Germanicus and Drusus. The tablature carries the geneology of the donor, a local Saintes senator called Caius Julius Rufus.
The arch was saved in 1843 by Prosper Merimee when the bridge was demolished and the arch had to be dismantled and rebuilt on the east bank.
Written May 24, 2004