Thinking of you, again

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Monday 30th November

Today your brother drove Dad and I to the ancient Roman city of Mérida, about forty minutes North of Badajoz.
The amphitheatre, arena and gardens were absolutely spectacular.
Mérida was founded in 25 BC, and preserves more important Roman monuments than any other city in Spain.

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The view from the entrance

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Roman remains

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The amphitheatre

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The stage

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Imagine gladiators, lions and other beasts in the arena

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Roman arch

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Roman columns

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Shadows

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Julio Cesar Augusto

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Entrance to the amphitheatre

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Columns and statues in the amphitheatre

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Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus stands over the entrance to the amphitheatre

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Gardens and ruins of Mérida

Having left the amphitheatre, we drove to the road beside the river, and walked along part of the oldest, ancient Roman bridge, and looked at more ruins of the Alcazabar.

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Puente Romano over the river Guadiana

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Puente Romano

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Sitting on the oldest, longest Roman bridge

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You were posing in front of a statue of Romulus and Remus

Your brother then drove us back to Badajoz, just in time for dinner.
The sky was beautiful, at first with a few whispy clouds, then a magnificent fiery sunset.
A wonderful end to a lovely day.

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Big sky

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Fire in the sky

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Amazing colours

We do miss you my darling.
Our days are just not the same.

You would loved to have heard the stories of gladiators fighting the lions, or the emperor giving a thumbs down to the poor, losing opponent following combat in the stadium.

We wish you were still here, enjoying new places and sightseeing with us.

It’s just not the same.

Love you forever.
Beloved Angel son.
xxxxx

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