With snow in today’s Madrid forecast, it’s difficult to remember the warm weather that greeted us upon our arrival in Extremadura. A mere week ago I was strolling around Mérida with three gal pals, exploring the oldest parts of the city. We toured Mérida on foot, vising the Temple of Diana, the Roman bridge, one of the aqueducts, the Circo Romano, and the majestic amphitheater.
Along the way we discovered that Mérida is a terrific city for enjoying the open air–just what we needed on our city break. Additionally, our encounters with the people left us appreciative of their cheery, helpful disposition. We joked that, in the event of car trouble, we had only to ask and an amiable local would ferry us to the next stop.
Temple of Diana
Puente Romano (Roman Bridge)
Three cheers for bridges!
Another shot of the old(er) bridge
Walking along the water
Trees, street lamps, and benches lined the waterfront path
Old meets new: this picture shows how the construction of the train tracks interrupts the path of the old aqueduct
Playing in the aqueduct
Around 1 p.m. we made it to the Circo Romano, or Roman Circus. The museum guide was extremely nice, giving us not only a discount but a book about the city as well.
Circo Romano (Roman Circus)
Flowers at the entrance to the amphitheater
For the end of the tour we’d saved the best for last–the amphitheater! It was so impressive that it deserves its own post. Check back later to see the gorgeous interior of the amphitheater, learn about gladiators, and hear about our run-in with Cupid!