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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes March 31st 2019

When we were in Montpellier two years ago we traveled to Nîmes. We thought we could do the town and the Pont du Gard (the famous aqueduct that brought water to Nîmes) in one day. Then we discovered how far it was from Nîmes to the Pont. We did the town and regretted our inability to see the aqueduct. If you are interested in our previous experience in the town, click https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/France/Languedoc-Roussillon/N-mes/blog-974056.htmlhere. I did and it brought back some great memories. The Roman museum in Nîmes Nîmes was everything we remembered. As soon as you exit the train station you find yourself walking up this incredibly wide mall lined with trees and benches. A few blocks into town you come to the amazing amphitheatre which in many ways is more impressive than the Coliseu... read more
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Nîmes amphitheatre
New Musée

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes November 8th 2017

With my stay in Bordeaux over, it was time for another long drive on Tuesday. The drive to Nimes was longer than it needed to be because I took a lengthy detour north from Toulouse. When I visited France back in 2005, I read about a new bridge that had opened a few months earlier, the Viaduc de Millau. It is the tallest bridge in the world and I had wanted to see it, but it was well out of my way on that trip. With my Bordeaux diversion on this trip, it became feasible. After leaving the motorway north of Toulouse, the going slowed down and I didn’t reach the bridge until 4pm. The bridge is part of another motorway and I hoped there would be somewhere I could stop to take a photo or ... read more
Viaduc de Millau
Amphitheatre
The Viaduc de Millau casts a long shadow

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes August 9th 2017

Our last day trip from our base in Avignon was to the nearby town of Nimes. We had learned that there were a few monuments of importance here remaining from Roman times. With Avignon being a wonderful hub for public transportation we were able to catch a train out for a day of exploring Nimes. We still have much to learn about the Roman influence in this part of the country of present day France. Nimes is a city with a long history as it was first settled in the 6th C. BC by a Celtic tribe. In 120 BC the Romans were accepted into the area without any resistance and started to make their presence known by building monuments reaching their peak in the 2nd C. AD. The Visigoths arrived in the 5th C and ... read more
The Walk From the Train Station Leading into Nimes
A Statute to Represent Nimes with the Maison Carree
A Water Pump with a Hand Crank to Operate It

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes June 18th 2017

Unlike Montpellier which has no Roman or Greek heritage, Nîmes has a very rich Roman history. The first thing that struck us when we started walking away from the gare was that there must be a mandate for all cities to have rows of trees lining the boulevards that lead away from the stations. This town was no exception. The Arena of Nîmes The biggest difference is that this tree lined lane leads you to one of the best preserved Roman sites we have seen to date: The Nîmes Arena. It might even be older than the Colosseum in Rome. It has the best information signs of all the sites we saw in France with many of them in English as well as French. It told us not only that the arena was still in use ... read more
Arena of Nîmes
Palais de Justice
A statue of a bullfighter

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes August 3rd 2015

Yesterday was calm. So calm. So very calm. Up a mountain, glorious weather, reading a book, watching the birds, tasty food. Oh and ash going up on a ( very high) roof to fit a solar panel and me spraying woodworm killer into million tiny holes. Calmness was restored with a lovely barbecue in the setting sun, no diy just great food and company. Oh and the invention of a new game called, I think, 'hit the bread to the chickens'....... The aim today was to be up and tidied and on the road by ten. Clearly this didn't happen. Barely awake by nine, the cleaning had started by ten and ash had had his first shower of the day. By eleven, cleaning had begun, bags were being packed and ash had helped plane some doors ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes July 14th 2013

On Saturday we headed into Nimes to meet up with some friends who had graciously flown all the way to France from London to see us. I was so excited and it was so good to see some friends we hadn't seen since any of us children. Their boys were 7 and 9 and immediately all 3 boys were off playing and chatting about the complexities of starwars and Harry potter... so very cute :) We headed to the Arena to look at the amazing colosseum style structure that is still standing but it is in such good condition they are using it for the music festival. My inlaws saw Johnny Holliday there last week and Greenday played there wednesday night, so unfortunately we weren't allowed to go inside. We then headed to the main temple ... read more
Mussels at the Village Dinner
Kids dancing at the village dinner
Village dinner

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes July 23rd 2012

Stayed the night in Millau and drove the Millau Viaduct. Then drove to just out of Nimes and swam under the Pont de Gard.... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes » Lasalle March 6th 2012

Today we left Millau for Nîmes via the Gorge de Tarn (the gorge cut by the river Tarn). This is definitely the long way round, but we had heard great things about the gorge so we thought it was worth checking out. As it turns out, we were right. The drive itself was incredibly fun and really made Mike wish he still owned his roadster. The road was full of hairpin turns, tunnels, cliffs and curves. Oh, and it was narrow- very narrow. There were sections that were definitely no wider than a single lane ... And these would go on for miles! Then, you would see a 'road narrows' sign, then another, and another. The funny thing was that the whole time there was a line marking the centre of the road - for dividing ... read more
Gorges du Tarn
Gorges du Tarn
Gorges du Tarn

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes August 31st 2011

It was the usual road trip routine this morning, we woke up early got our bags together and checked out of the hotel. My Dad, being self-employed, could never really separate himself from work and with the time difference between Australia and Europe being ideal in the early morning meant he sometimes spent the morning checking and responding to emails. Today he needed a little more time than usual so Hannah and I went to put our bags in the car then go grab some breakfast in the main square of Montpellier. No sooner did we order some breakfast, my parents came to meet us, it was a little frustrating since we had so much to do today and quite a bit of driving time as well. We bought a France Lonely Planet Guide Book while ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes June 24th 2011

The week after Barcelona was spent going on little day trips to three of the bigger cities in the area. The first city we had decided on was Nimes. Nimes is mostly known for its Roman buildings and history. Three major attractions are the Roman amphitheatre, the town hall and the Pont du Gard which is a three level Roman aqueduct. We went there mainly to see its Roman attractions although we didn’t get to see the aqueduct as it was out of town and we didn’t have a car to get there. The first thing we saw was the Roman amphitheatre which was really impressive. It’s apparently the best kept amphitheatre in the world. It told you lots about it and I learnt heaps from it. It told you what would happen if you were ... read more
Inside the colluseum
inside the colluseum
old structures




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