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Blazewicz, Michelle. 2013. Nimes. Facebook. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.

Croque Monsieur. N.d. French Cuisine. Web. 6 Nov. 2015.

Nimes is a lovely city south-southwest of Lyon. It is a center for tourism, especially with its amphitheater, which is among some of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world (10). The arena, which can seat up to 24,000 people, served many purposes but its main use was as a social hub. People of Nimes would sit in different areas, depending on their social status, and would watch the variety of games that were played there (10). A couple examples of these games were gladiatorial matches and animal hunts that involved lions, tigers and elephants (10). Even executions would be held in the Nimes Amphitheater, where those condemned to death would be thrown to the animals to die (10). Today, the arena is still used for events such as a concert venue and an interactive audio guide with detailed exhibits (10). When I visited the Nimes Arena, a stage was being set up for a concert that evening. I'm sure the acoustics and seats are great in the arena during a concert, so if you happen to be there when there's supposed to be a concert, I would suggest attending.

There are a lot of cute little restaurants in the city of Nimes that I remember passing by when we walked around. It's a gorgeous place to just sit down at an outdoor table (if it's warm out of course) and enjoy the area. We went to one restaurant and I ordered a typical French Croque-Monsieur. A Croque-Monsieur is basically an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich with ham (9). It is simple yet delicious and is usually on the lower end of the prices on the menus. I'm all about the food whenever I go somewhere, so take my advice to try this dish when you travel to France. If you love food as much as I do, France is a great destination for your next vacation.

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