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  • Day23

    Un jour a Nimes

    September 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute haben wir den Tag in Nimes verbracht. Zugegeben es ist nicht ganz fair Nimes zu beschreiben, wenn man vorher in Avignon und Arles war, zwei Städten die vor Geschichte und historischen Denkmälern nur so protzen. Aber wir haben hier bei Elise und ihrem Mann übernachtet und ein wundervolles Abendessen inklusive ihrer Mutter und einer bunten Mischung aus Englisch, Französisch und pantomimischen Einlagen genossen :) Abgeschlossen haben wir unseren Aufenthalt mit einem Besuch bei "Trois Brasseurs" einer Brauerei-Kette die wir in Kanada lieben gelernt haben.... 🍺Read more

  • Day13


    August 8, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Vandaag een dagje naar Nîmes geweest, daarna afgekoeld in het zwembad want het is nog steeds erg warm!

  • Day49

    Roman legacy in Laguedoc-Rousillon

    October 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    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

  • Day9

    Desayunando como reyes, y en camino

    February 16, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    En Carcassonne desayunamos super rico, en un salon de reyes. 

    Terminamos y empezamos el viaje a Marsella. Hacia muuucho frio.

    Antes de llegar a Marsella pasamos por Nimes, donde vimos unas ruinas romanas. Increible que estuvieran tan cuidadas. 

    Seguimos camino
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  • Day32

    Saying goodbye to Nannie And Gramps

    April 19, 2015 in France ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    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.
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  • Day24

    Day 24 - Cap D'Agde to Nimes, 62 miles

    May 9, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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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  • Day411

    Day 412: Roman Ruins of Nimes

    April 2, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    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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  • Day3


    September 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Ein Nachmittag in Nimes, einer Stadt mit dem nach eigener Aussage am besten erhaltenen Amphitheater, dazu einem alten römischen Tempel und einer mittelalterlichen Altstadt. Dazu ein Café glacé am Platz des Tempels.Read more

  • Day12


    September 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Auf dem Weg an die Côte d‘Azur hielten wir kurz in Nîmes an, um uns das best erhaltenste Amphitheater anzuschauen. Die Audioführung beschreibt sehr anschaulich, wie die Gladiatorenkämpfe in der römischen Welt stattgefunden haben. Der Eintritt kostet 10€, den Audioguide gibt es kostenlos dazu und sogar auf Deutsch.Read more

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