Nimes Stories and Tips

Nimes weekend in November -- food, Romans, rugby

We got to our great friendly hotel around 11am on Saturday morning. We were let in by Uzes the puppy and then went strolling. We saw the impressive Roman temple and the beautiful city park. The park is around some colonnaded pools built over a fast-flowing river -- very beautiful. There were great trees, great vegetation, and red squirrels.

We ate lunch at the "Croc' d'Or" Wimpey (the crocodile is the symbol of Nimes) and then around the fantastic Roman amphitheatre -- very atmospheric. Then we were off to the local art gallery and a beautiful big Roman mosaic. We went window-shopping, strolling, and shopping (in a fantastic chocolate shop and a toy store). We had beer at a cafe on the square and couldn't get over how friendly everyone was -- a real bonus.

In the evening, we went to a friendly bistro recommended by the hotel proprietor. Tina started with excellent onion soup. My snails were with tomatoes and lots of spices. Then I had onion and potato pie with sausage and cheese. We finished off with a great apple patty and ice cream.

On Sunday morning, we went to the market and ate fantastic fish, vegetables, cheese, fruit, and bakery stalls. We had a coffee and some pastries at the stand in the middle. Excellent. We went back to the hotel to watch rugby with the proprietor (France vs. Ireland in the World Cup), and then caught the airport bus and went home.

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