Saturday, 21 January 2012

Nîmes - La ville avec un accent

 
 
 
 
 
 

Today a couple of friends and me took the train to Nîmes which is a small town outside Montpellier, it only took 20 minutes with the regional train so it was an easy trip.  Nîmes has a rich history which goes all the way back to Roman times and you can clearly see those influences in the amphitheater, the Maison Carrée (Square House) and the Temple of Diana.   Another interesting fact about this town is that the word 'denim' comes from the name of the town and literally means from Nîmes.  A little more additional information from Wikipedia: "The word denim comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge, originally made in Nîmes, France, by the André family. Originally called serge de Nîmes, the name was soon shortened to denim."


We had a lovely day out.  We started it off with a coffee and then went for a walk to the beautiful gardens.  I've been to Nîmes before, way back in October 2011, but it was great to come back when it was less hot.  We then had a fantastic lunch for an amazing price - only 10 Euros for 3 courses.  Well worth it.  Then we went to explore the amphitheater, it's so much better than the one in Rome because you can walk around on all the levels and climb all the way to the top.  It was a little nerve wracking because I'm slightly afraid of heights, but the view is gorgeous.  My knees buckled once I made it all the way to the top but thankfully I wasn't the only one who struggle with heights.  We were lucky with the weather as you can see, it's been so beautiful here and when the sun is out it doesn't even feel like it's only January.  Apparently in April it's beach weather again.  Perfect.


I hope you have all been having a great weekend so far, my plan for the rest of the weekend is to catch up on work, drink tea and maybe add in a trip to the zoo.


x
Nina

6 comments

  1. Your photos are always so beautiful & bright! x hivennn

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  2. Beautiful photos! I love seeing pictures of gorgeous architecture like this!

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  3. Sounds like a fund day, would love to visit this part of france, looks beautiful!! X

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  4. Wow, these pictures are stunning! France looks beautiful. x

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  5. love these pictures so much! They look like fun :)

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