A tale of Lions, Tigers, Chariots and Gladiators

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In Puy du Fou there’s a replica of a Roman amphitheatre, where a show called ‘Triumph’s Sign’ takes place, with gladiators, lions and chariot races.

Puy du Fou Colosseum

Puy du Fou Caesar

At the start of the show, Julius Caesar and his followers make their entrance on one side of the ‘Colosseum’,  to a chorus of boos and yells from a ‘mob’ on the opposite side (that look a bit like the vikings from one of the other shows).

Puy du Fou

The show starts with a parade.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

There are slaves, animals of various kinds, and geese…..LOTS of geese….

Puy du Fou Colloseum

…..and drink…Puy du Fou Colloseum

….LOTS of drink!Puy du Fou Colloseum

During the parade the slaves break free from their shackles and cause a bit of havoc.  A bunch of Gladiators make their appearance on a stage that rises out of the ground, complete with a pretty deadly looking, rotating ‘Palus’.

There’s a Retiarus (net fighter), but I’m not sure what the others are.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

The slaves and the Gladiators battle it out, with the hero of the show standing out a mile in his white garments, and giving the Gladiators more than they bargained for.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

 

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Puy du Fou Colloseum

The fighting is really well choreographed.  This is our second time at the show and we haven’t seen anyone get hurt yet…or maybe they’re just very good at disguising it.  One wrong move and you’d be done for!

When the fighting is over, our hero is set a challenge by Caesar.  He has to win a chariot race!

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Puy du Fou Collosseum

He wins the chariot race (naturally), and so the lions are brought in.

Note the way the barriers in front of the audience have appeared in the next picture?

People sitting in the bottom seats are told not to eat during the performance.

I’d a ham sandwich in my bag so I was glad I was in the seats at the top.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Our hero is bundled into a cage and the lion perches himself on top.

(Because that’s what lions do in this blog post – they ‘perch’.)

Puy du Fou Colloseum

So our hero is forced to watch the love of his life, tied to a post, about to be devoured by more lions.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

…..and tigers….

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Those lions weren’t very friendly by the way.  They let a fair few growls and snarls at the Lionkeeper, and he let a fair few growls and snarls back at them.

At this point my CF card decided it was full and I’d to switch it for another one, so I missed the lions being trotted out of the arena.  (They ‘trot’ as well as ‘perch’.  They’re confused lions.)

Anyway, at the end of the show, there was a bit of a revolt against Caesar, everyone sided with our hero, and they all decided to be friends and have another parade.

Puy du Fou Colloseum

Another amazing show from Puy du Fou! Can’t wait till next time!

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