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Jun 25, 2017 - Nimes, France

I found a short cut from my Marseille apartment to the station and arrived early for my 0730 Ouibus ride to Nimes which is a town in Provence. The bus cost 5€ for a 1 1/2 hour ride. I thought I'd be let off at the Gare (main station) but no. I was dumped off in the middle of nowhere. I spied a bus stop shelter so figured I could catch a local bus to the city center. Correct! So my original plan was to go directly to the tourist info office to find out where I could leave my bag (I was unsuccessful finding this info online - everyone said...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Nimes

It was Sunday so it was a good day to visit Nimes. We thought it was going to be sunny but turned out quite grey and chilly. We couldn’t moan as it is November! Nimes has a significant Roman history and our main purpose was to visit Les Arènes which according to our guide book is” one of the best preserved Roman arenas in the world”. It certainly was impressive from the outside but inside it was a little disappointing as modern day seating did nothing to enhance the arena. Our extensive audio guide explained the history and function of the...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Nimes

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...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Lyon

We are travelling up thru France and spent the day checking out Lyon. Here is Ollies diary from the day This morning we went to the market. Me, Tomo and Gee wanted to buy a chocolate hamburger. Then we went to Parc de la tete d'our. We went under water to this island we had lunch on it. Then we went up these steps to library which was not there. After that me and Gee did not want to go to this church. We tried to find the ticket when mum and me came back dad was cracking up laughing then we went up the funicular. The roof was stunning and...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Pont Du Gard

We said Goodbye to Spain and the lovely tropical weather as we head into France. Looking forward to the cheap cheese and of course wine. Have had to pay $5 for my chardy so hoping to pick up the cheap stuff now that we are in wine country. Here is Tomos diary for the day. We packed up. The first thing we headed to was a Bridge called Pont Du Gard. The Bridge was old. We watched back to the future but it didn't work. Instead we saw a bull fighting ring. When we got there we went to check the pool out. Then we played cars. Love Tomo

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Apr 28, 2015 - Exploring NImes

Tuesday, April 28th. Off to Nimes with great confidence we knew where we were going! Turned out to be a false assumption. We were pretty sure we had found the right parking lot but they had those pesky little metal hanging things that we knew we couldn’t slide under. Unfortunately are only avenue of escape was back on the toll way. Not so merrily we headed to who knows where. We got off at the next exit and tried to make sense of the directions. I saw a little yellow car pull in behind us so I jumped out to see if he could help us. He spoke...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Nimes

Monday, April 27th We woke up to pouring rain. Picking up the briefcase back in Valence was on the agenda so off we went. It poured rain for the whole 2 hr. trip north via the autoroute. Without too much difficulty we found the police HQ for Valence. One of the constables spoke reasonable English and was able to find The briefcase. Did I mention that a JR. officer had found it at the next rest station down the road. Bill was grateful to get it back as there were papers and connectors, etc still in the bag. Unfortunately, no hearing aides,...

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May 12, 2013 - Nimes: One stop shopping for gladiators and bullfighters!

I got up this morning with the bright Mediterranean sun shining through the slits around the window shutters. When we first got here I was wondering how I could get dressed in the morning with no curtains on the windows but then Richard showed me how to use the window shutters instead. So opening and closing the window shutters has become part of my morning and evening routine. I made scrambled eggs for breakfast then we went for a walk around the farm property where our cottage is located. Our hosts have a couple of milking goats so I...

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May 11, 2013 - Heading for Nimes

We arrived in the city of Troyes yesterday evening and I was enthralled by all of the medieval buildings still in pretty good nick as my English friends always say. There were a number of impressive churches and a marvelous cathedral with flying buttresses and glowering gargoyles, too! The center of town was latticed with channels of water with the occasional sculpture that I found very pretty. Our hotel was in a very old building that had been repurposed and we had quite a time maneuvering the car through the narrow cobblestone...

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May 16, 2012 - Orange to St Tropez May 12-16

Once I left Orange I was ready to see more and tatse some more wine. I stopped in Tavel and had a half bottle of rose. I got there late so lunch was closed but they served me a plate of cheese. Perfect combination! The manager was telling me that I should take the smaller road through Tavel and not the bigger road since it was very beautiful to ride through. He was so right and the vineyards of tavel are definitely worth seeing. It's cool to see the change in how the vineyards are set up. Like in Chateauneuf du pape, the vineyards had...

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Sep 8, 2011 - Nimes

Nimes is an absolutely enjoyable city. Small enough to navigate easily, and large enough to have a list of things to do and see. The Roman Coliseum is so well preserved, best in Europe they say, that it is still used today for bull fights. The audio guide tour of the site was full of interesting background information and history. Watching a group of men play the French game Petanque, variation of Italian Bocce, in a sycamore shaded city park defined a relaxed day. Though it was evident they took their 'game' seriously. Lidia will need to...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Nimes, France

We were very pleased with our visit to Nimes, France. We bought a combination ticket to see three sights - the Arenes de Nimes, the Maison Carree, and the Tour Magne. The Arenes, or amphitheater, is regarded as the best preserved Roman arena. The included audio guide was very informative and interesting with commentary covering the history of the arena and of Nimes. From the second century AD to the 17th century, the arena has played a pivotal role in Nimes and the surrounding region. We heard about the life and times of the Roman...

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