From Grasse to Nimes

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Where I stayed
Camping La Bastida

Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Friday, May 18, 2012

Plan A, to leave Grasse and drive to Nice for a couple of days. All good so far untill we realised that the 17th is a public holiday in France. Ascension Day so it seems. What that meant to us , a 10km traffic holdup on the way to Nice , a quick U turn and that was the end of plan A. What do we do now, we had to come up with a plan B. The result being forget Nice  and make our way to Nimes instead. Not game enough to go on the country roads so we took the toll roads ,and were very glad we did. Not very exciting but a quicker way to get there. Of course when we arrived at our campsite it was quiet time and we had to wait for an hour or so. No problem, we have not had lunch yet so stayed in the parking lot and had our lunch. The park looked good and we were happy to stay there. Finally we were booked in and arrived at our designated spot. A nice big site and some nice English neighbours as well.
The next day we got ready to catch the bus to the city of Nimes. It was a bit thundery but we were going anyway. The weather soon cleared up, bought a day ticket to Nimes, and we were on our way to the big smoke, well a little bit big at least.
History time : The founding of Nimes goes back to the 6th century BC.It displays a Amphitheatre built at the end of the first century AD. It measures 133m in length and 101m in width. The facade is 21m high.
All together  20.000 spectators were able to watch the hunting and fighting spectacles featuring animals and gladiatores. It is an absolute spectacle in the city and surprises you when you reach it at the end of the boulevard. We went inside and climbed the stairs to the very top of the arena, an absolute delight to see and the view over the city is spectacular. Amazing how all this is still standing after all this time.  We also did the tourist walk in old Nimes, so many attractions and sights to see, it's just amazing how all this has been preserved. We also came across the covered markets which is like a big arcade with produce. If one had the space to store all the stuff available to you , you would spend money like there was no tomorrow. One item looked more delicious than the next, oh the choices we had to make, and you thought that we were doing it easy eh.. We knew we would be back there later that day to buy some cheese , there is so much to choose from you cannot ignore it. Walked around for a while longer, had the usual pit stop for coffee in order to keep us going. Reluctantly it was time to head back home, found our bus stop and were lucky enough to only have to wait 10 minutes for the bus. We hopped off the bus again a few minutes later because we came across the biggest street markets we have ever seen. Lots to look at there. We had to wait another hour for our next bus but did not care, it was just nice to sit there and look at everything.
Arrived home tired and weary, had a nice hot shower and a few drinks with the people parked next to us. Nimes is a facinating city to visit, too much history to take in for one day but we are glad we had at least a taste of it. I'll let the photos tell the story.
A lovely day once again, how lucky we are to be able to do all this.
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