Nimes Journals

Touring around Nimes

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A July 1997 trip to Nimes by MichaelJM

Nimes Photo, Nimes, France More Photos
Quote: Nimes provided a good focus for our exploration of The Vaucluse.

Touring around Nimes

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Overview

Bull fighting - Provencal style Photo,
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The first time we visited Provence we had headed further South for the last few days of a holiday in the Rhone Valley. We had a couple of small two-man tents and booked into the campsite for three nights. It was the end of a long day and we settled down, outside the tents to appreciate the stars and the beautiful clear night. A few drinks a decent meal and we all slept like babies. The weather was glorious the next day and unfortunately for us we’d hit the high temperatures with no respite from the heat. We were camped well away from shade, had no access to a fridge and we just melted. The tents were like miniature saunas and our only respite was under a cold, cold shower. We vowed we’d return to the ...Read More

Nimes

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Nimes Photo, Nimes, France
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Nimes was the first of the French cities to be taken over by the Romans and they really went to town to stamp their mark on the indigenous population. It was great to see the “terminal” of the Pont du Gard aqueduct and imagine the gentle rush of water. The cynic in me speculated on the panic that may have befallen the town’s population if the water stopped flowing—but I guess the mighty Roman Empire would have legislated for that outside possibility. The Castellum, a Roman water tower on Rue de Lalpeze, was the main storage and distribution source for this precious resourceBut the most outstanding Roman remain in Nimes is the amphitheatre. My son and I paid our admission fee and clambered to t...Read More

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Pont du Gard

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Attraction

Pont du Gard Photo, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Languedoc Roussillon
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We’d heard about this construct and despite our lack of planning stumbled upon signs to the site. It was an absolutely stunning sight as we approached and it was hard to think that this was constructed over 2,000 years ago. This aqueduct was built by the Romans to service their prestigious settlement at Nimes (more of that later). It spans the Gardon River and at 157 feet it was the highest bridge constructed by the Romans and a masterpiece of engineering. It started at the springs at Uzes and water tumbled along its 31-mile channel to the centre of Nimes. It would be a long and difficult job because most of the water channel was underground and dug out of the solid rock but the real artis...Read More

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Pont du Gard
Crossing the Gardon River
Near Remoulins, France

Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence (I do have trouble pronouncing this town)was first founded by the Romans and named Aquae Sextiae, after the hot springs, but it’s really better known as a prosperous town of the 17th and 18th century. That’s what will strike you as you walk the broad boulevards of Aix. The large palacious balconied windows are a dead give away for this was a time when the wealthy wanted to confirm their prosperity. Extravagantly ornate fountains (the most note-worthy being the Fontaine de la Rotande) confirm the overall wealth of the town and I’d strongly recommend that you take a stroll down the Cours Mirabeau lined with Plane trees that seem to fully embrace the architecture of the fine properties. F...Read More

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Arles

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Arles feels to be a quaint old town stuck in a different century to the other large towns of the region. Nowhere near a village size yet it retains the parochial feel that you’d expect in an isolated rural settlement. The residents are said to claim to be the “only true Provençals” and to that end they arrange a 3-yearly competition to find the “queen of Arles.” The winner judged on her commitment to local traditions and her ability to live and speak the “Provençal way.”Arles old town is a maze of narrow streets where the medieval world was mixed with the Romanesque. There is still some evidence of the ancient ramparts and the border of the old town is the banks of the river Rhone. From the op...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England