After wine tasting at some of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape caves, we got back in the car with no set destination and just drove through the countryside. The landscape was breathtaking - fields of vines as far as the eye could see - and it was so much fun to just explore and get a feel for the area. At some point, we started to see signs for Orange, a town we had read about but wasn't necessarily on our itinerary and we decided "why not?"
Orange is not a big tourist destination, it is not as quaint as Avignon and it is clearly a town where people live. However, it does have some incredible history. The town was built by the Romans in 35 B.C. as a town where Roman officers could retire. As a result, Orange has two incredibly well-preserved pieces of Roman architecture still standing. It has an Arc de Triomphe that was built by Augustus some time between 27 B.C. - 14 A.D., and it has the best preserved Roman amphitheater in all of Europe. Both were well worth the visit, and easy to see even if you only stop for the afternoon.