Lying in Provence just above the coast, Nîmes is the site of an old Roman city with many ruins remaining. In addition, Nîmes is known for its yearly Spanish flavored festivals, particularly the grand ‘feria’ which I just happened to arrive for. I really enjoyed spending time in this city. (2007)
A signature part of Nimes, the old Roman arena is still used for events including festival bullfights. It’s both surreal and wonderful to be in southern France watching a traditional Spanish corrida in an ancient Roman amphitheater!
Another example of Nimes’ start as a Roman colony called Nemausus, the Maison Carrée is one of the best preserved columned Roman temples in the world
A city street and square (Place de L’Horlage) in Nimes
With wild costumes and acrobats flying in the air, the evening spectacles of the Spanish flavored ‘feria’ makes for a great time
Out from Nimes lies another Roman ruin—the Pont du Gard, a massive aqueduct that once supplied water for the city and is a World Heritage site.