Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dreaming of France -- Nîmes

Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.
On Sunday, The Tour de France ended its stage in Nîmes, which is in the Languedoc-Roussillon department of France. To me though, it's in Provence. When my husband and I rode our bikes from Avignon to Aix en Provence, our first overnight stop was in Nîmes.
Since we rode our bicycles over the same roads that the riders from the Tour de France were riding, we were especially interested to watch.
The Tour stopped in front of the Roman coliseum, or amphitheater, that still remains in Nîmes. I don't know why we didn't get a good picture of it, but here is a post card we brought home.
We stayed in a hotel right across the street from the coliseum. It's called La Lisita and we loved looking out the window to see this amazing Roman structure. Here's a picture of me under an umbrella alongside the coliseum wall with our hotel in the background across the street. No comments on my fashion choices. Remember that it was a biking trip and we only had the clothes we could carry on our bikes.

And we went to see a number of Roman sights, including the Mason Carrée, which is a Roman temple. I think that's what this picture shows. The people in it are not us. They just got in the way of the shot.

The museums and the gardens included a lot of Roman ruins. If you get a chance, include it on your next trip.
Thanks for playing along today, and please visit each other's blogs so  you can get more snippets of France today.
I'm also joining in with Paris in July. Check it out for many good recommendations on French books, movies and lifestyle.


Vicki Lesage said...

I find all the ancient Roman buildings/monuments/ruins so interesting. It's amazing to see how far they reach - way beyond Italy!

Adria J. Cimino said...

Wow, you really have seen a lot of France... and riding bikes in the South must have been a great way to see that region.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Nîmes is so beautiful! I like your fashion :0)... I've always wonder what one takes on those biking tours. BTW good for you being able to do all that biking....that's a cool way to see the country!

Brona Joy said...

I'm hoping to catch up with my French posts and visiting this week.

What I thought was going to be a quiet blogging month dreaming about all things French, has turned into a hugely social, busy month with meetings, visitors, unexpected invitations and appointments.

But I did manage to find time to introduce our w/e visitors to Midnight in Paris & Moulin Rouge. For a few hours, I wasn't just dreaming of Paris, I was IN Paris :-)

Louise said...

I watched this stage eagerly as always, but I haven't been to Nimes- indeed I don't think I'd really heard of Nimes before. How fabulous that you've been there- your cycling tour sounds amazing. That amphitheatre is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Your wonderful post makes me want to visit Provence again. A few years ago I was travelling from Avignon to Aix en Provence too, but in a car. ;)

Sim Carter said...

This has been such a crazy time in the world, the tour de France was over before I got around to tuning in!
What a beautiful, fascinating place; adding it to the bucket list.

Wish I could have played along today with Dreaming of France but got caught up with a wonderful essay on Philip Seymour Hoffman by John LeCarre instead.

Adria J. Cimino said...

Paulita, I couldn't resist linking up a second post since it has an important message... Merci!

Brona Joy said...

Thanks - Nimes is now on my TBV list

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

what lovely memories you must have! I am delighted to find your photos and intros to the beauty and ancient atmosphere of Nimes [and more of France!] merci!
added link at FHC for Afternoon in Paris

Vagabonde said...

I did see Nimes on TV during the Tour de France. It is located in the department du Gard and the region is Languedoc-Roussillon. I was born in the department of Gard as well, in a city close to Nimes but I lived with my grandparents in Provence until I was about 4 years old, so I don’t remember it well. I’d like to go back though. When we were in Paris last May we did not go anywhere but to my cousins’ home and they live near Fontainebleau – maybe next time.

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