So, the place where I live is close to an ancient Roman fort (castellum), and once a year in August there’s a festival with all sorts of Roman things; basically like a RenFaire, just in Roman times. I love going there because of
hot men in short skirts the atmosphere. It’s only a small festival, but there’s lots of stuff going on; there are groups from all over Europe re-enacting military and civil life, and unlike your average RenFaire “medieval” geek, those people know what they talk about. The men of the legion in the pictures above crossed the Alps by foot, carrying 50kg of equipment each; a 3 weeks march out in the open air.
Well okay, the exercises were a bit…not as precise as you’d expect a Roman legion to act (no wonder they never conquered the larger part of Germany *sniggers*). Still, it’s quite impressive, and very authentic. The commands are all in Latin and the reenactors try to communicate in Latin as well, as far as possible.
There are also Celts, gladiators (hot men with no skirts! Heheheh. Well this year they wore loincloths, apparently someone complained. Too bad), Roman food and music (and wine), the odd few Saxons…I swear, one day I’ll go there dressed as a Pict, in nothing but blue paint and a few leather rags…^^
So, I had a nice, sunny day out and I have a ton of photos to post (see captions of each photo for further explanation) - if you’re not interested, ‘Roman festival’ is the tag to blacklist.