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  • Day49

    Better late than never to post about our trip en Provence... we started out in Nimes - a “hit” at the Arène, one of France’s oldest and best preserved Roman coliseums. Once I got over the initial resistance to the 40€+ entrance fee (yikes!), it was a very interesting site, with a great audio guide. Did you know that the killing of defenceless prisoners by wild animals or armed men were actually unpopular events - generally not attended by most of the audience? Moreover, gladiator fighting, the real reason everyone came to the coliseum, seldom resulted in the death of a gladiator since the magistrate who organized the event would have to compensate the gladiator’s school for the loss. And... the “thumbs up/ thumbs down” is also a fiction - actually, a thumb tucked into a closed fist meant “mercy”. Hollywood fails us again! Then onto another Roman legacy in the region - the Pont du Gard - an amazing bridge supporting one of the best -preserved examples of a Roman aqueduct. Aqueducts, in bringing water from high in the hills to towns and cities, allowed for the growth of an agricultural economy, but what I find more interesting is their innovative effects on governance and growth of public spaces. Cities and towns could bring people together, around fountains or baths, and had public lavatories to support this (you understand this if you have ever been to an outdoor concert without adequate port-o-potties...). And they also had to manage a shared resource - with all the physical and social challenges of fairly allocating it... clearly I remain a public service e geek at heart! For the future traveller, note that seeing the Pont du Gard off-season, in the rain, and at the end of a long day, is not ideal. It is a beautiful area that deserves sunshine and a picnic, probably bikes or kayaks. Maybe next time... :)Read more

  • Day411

    Another day, another batch of Roman ruins! They're scattered everywhere across this part of southern France. Thankfully for us, this batch aren't actually on the World Heritage list, just on the Tentative list, so we don't need to make a video. Even though they're scheduled for approval or disapproval this year, I've made an executive decision that we won't do videos on non-approved sites.

    Nimes is about an hour south-west of Avignon, and was quite a large and important Roman settlement. It was where the Pont du Gard aqueduct eventually terminated, so its houses and streets were full of fountains, baths and pools.

    We parked up and had a wander around. First stop was a ruined tower atop a hill which although largely dating from the middle ages, was originally part of the Roman defensive wall around the city. Fantastic views from the top, that's for sure!

    After drinking in the view we descended down into the city and headed for the Maison Carree, an old Roman temple that was repurposed into a church and thus very well preserved. Super impressive on the outside, but unfortunately we couldn't go inside as it was only used for a (historic) cinema these days and the next showing was in 30 minutes!

    So we wandered the rest of the way to the Roman amphitheatre, generally considered the highlight of the town. And yep, happy to confirm that it definitely is! It's basically a smaller-scale Colosseum, but in excellent condition - probably even better condition than the Colosseum itself. Our tickets included an audioguide so we wandered around the building, slowly listening to the commentary which was quite interesting and insightful. It was certainly very impressive, and will be interesting to see whether it makes it onto the World Heritage list. The main reason it wouldn't, really, is because there's several other Roman ruins nearby already on the list, and I think they're quite sensitive these days to criticisms of Euro-centric bias.

    Kebabs for lunch (practically the national snack food of France these days), then back to the car where we drove back to Avignon and spent the rest of the evening at home.
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  • Day32

    Saying goodbye to Nannie And Gramps

    April 19, 2015 in France

    We kids have seen Nannie 2 times now! She looks normal to us! Apart from the bandage on her neck, which is going well. It's great to see she looks like herself. She is ready to leave the hospital in Nimes and have some more holiday while she gets her strength back.

    Today we finished our Uzes holiday and drove to our next place at a cabin near the beach, for a very short time. It was hard to find and we drove round and round! We will post more photos tomorrow. The roadhouse for lunch had funny photo places.Read more

  • Day24

    Wet Wet Wet take 2!!!

    With the weather exactly the same as yesterday it was another head down and ride day. Slightly more to see today with a great ride along the beach to Sete inbetween the dunes on a custom made bike path. On a good day it would be beautiful and imagine the beach packed. Today I passed one mad old guy out for a run and had a stray dog follow me for about a mile. Also spotted a village for maybe my next holiday and had a couple of miles along a very dodgy river path after a slight map error. Still all very enjoyable and it definitely beat a Monday morning in the office!

    After Sete it was a case of skirting round Montpellier (on a good day I would have probably spent a couple of hours there) and onto the ancient Roman town of Nimes with its double tiered amphitheatre dating to around 70 A.D. and numerous other Roman monuments.

    Arriving in the worst of the weather they will have to wait for tomorrow where after a good few miles over the last few days I will be giving myself a day out of the saddle and some rest before I start making my way to Avignon and then tackling the famous Mont Ventoux!
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  • Day14

    Die beste Bäckerei der Welt

    August 6, 2016 in France

    Diese Nacht war überraschend lang. Die lokalen Couchsurfer versuchten ihre Kenntnisse über belgisches Bier, welches hier sehr beliebt ist, an zwei frischtaufte belgische Bierexperten an den Mann zu bringen. Erzähl mir doch nichts vom Pferd, ich war im Biermuseum!

    Es ist einfach cool wenn man dann noch gute Tipps für eine geplante Spanien- und Südamerikareise bekommt. Der Salar de Uyuni ist ein Muss, und man kann direkt nach Chile einreisen, wo dann die Stadt Valparaiso wartet. Dies als Erinnerung für meine Wenigkeit:-).

    Und nachdem wir heute morgen schon eine kurze live Geschichtsstunde an der römischen Arena und einem Tempel hatten, aßen wir uns durch die "beste Bäckerei der Welt" mit eigener Produktion. Hier gibt es Gebäck, mit einem Namen der für mich sehr französisch klang, bei dem Blätterteig und Oliven kombiniert werden...Süßes und salziges.
    Nach diesem Geschmacksorgasmus gab es für Dennis noch einen kleinen Kritikpunkt: warum sind die Kaffeeportionen hier so klein?

    Ich kann als Fazit für Nimes und Avignon nur beitragen: is geil, ne...Und die Backkunst kann mit gutem deutschem Brot mithalten.
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  • Day13

    Picnic de la Fontaine

    August 5, 2016 in France

    Ein Picknick mit Couchsurfern, welche in Nimes leben. Hier teilt ein Spanier seine Tortilla (In Wirklichkeit etwas ganz anderes als das, was wir kennen), ein Franzose seine Tarte und wir unsere Vorräte mit bestem Bier aus Deutschland.
    Und der Suche eines Schlafplatzes sind wir einfach entgangen als uns eine nette Italienerien fragte, ob wir bei ihr schlafen wollen.

    Wie kommen die Menschen aus Europa so zusammen?Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nîmes, Nimes, نيم, Горад Нім, Ним, Νιμ, Nimo, نیم, נים, Նիմ, FNI, ニーム, ნიმი, 님, Nemausus, Nimas, Nīma, نائیم, 30000, นีม, Нім, Nîme, 尼姆

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