Roman/Celt Sites in Nimes

July 18 – Nimes France

We arranged to meet Paul and Lucy at 10:00 to see the other Roman sites so Monty and I hit the market early, (it is so wonderful).  Bought makings for omelettes, fruit and danish and I cooked.  Paul and Lucy were no shows so we eventually headed into the Temple – Maison Carree which has great history – not only is it a main building but was once part of a larger square.  The Celts built it in honour of Caesar and the gods in 1AD.  After a fine, but slightly cheesy film we headed to the gardens around the holy “spring”.  The original religious center for the Celts who joined the Romans to expand the empire.  The focal point of the gardens (apart from the still productive spring) was the tower.  Now only 2 of the 3 sections remain and the original core was destroyed in search of treasure, (Click for details).  The view from the top was still very impressive, and the gardens were amazing.  Included in the gardens was the monument to Diana (now quite decayed).  In the park we hooked up with Paul and Lucy (Dan is a great spotter!) and arranged to meet for dinner for our last night.  Had a great dinner and then it was adios to PK and Lucy.  Quite sad but we will do it again in two years.

Which way to the Beach?

July 17th – Nimes France

Today we took the train to Le Gau Du Roi for 1E each way which is ridiculously cheap.  All six of us (Dan, Suz, Paul, Lucy, Monty and Audrey) met at the train station for 10:30 for the 1 hour train ride to the beach.  There was an open piano in the train station lobby and we were treated to a performance by a very talented young girl.  Monty caught the tale end of the performance on the gopro camera.  Click here to see it.  Great beach day.  On the return trip back, Paul and Audrey trounced Monty and Dan much to their chagrin.    In the evening, after a great meal Paul and Lucy returned to their place and the four of us checked out the market around the temple.

Nimes Arena

Checking out Nimes Arena then some gourmet food at our Opera Palace – July15/16

Clear hot day in Nimes. Paul, Lucy, Dan, Suz, Audrey and I headed to the Nime’s version of the Rome Colosseum.   It is still used today for concerts and other events.  In fact Elton John is playing there later this week.  After the tour, Paul and Lucy suggested that the three couples go out to the market and purchase food for a little wine and cheese party at our room rental.  It was a great day all around and it gave us a little time to recoup from our hectic pace so far.

St Bastille Day in France – Chataeu in Carcarssonne

July 14th – Carcarssonne France

Today we headed to the Chataeu to check out the old part of town.  Today is St Bastille day in France so everyone is on holiday and the local shops are buzzing with activity.  The girls wanted to stop every 10 feet to look at something, so we were not surprised when they suggested that they hurry through the castle and Dan and I can take our time taking pictures.  The girls would then head back to shop and meet us at our room later in the day.  Dan and I spent sometime in a graveyard outside of the Chateau before entering it.  By the time we got out of the Chataeu (about 4:00pm) the crowds had already gathered around the grounds for the evening fireworks (around 10pm).  We hustled back to get the girls and find our spot.   We were treated to a great fireworks show from the Chataeu and a rock concert outside out window in the city square. In fact the concert picture I took from my window.