Life and travel in France, 3 years & counting

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Nîmes: Roman city


Everyone knows Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe when we talk about France. Some may know other large cities like Marseille, Lyon or Bordeaux. But how many people know the rest of France? That’s why I started this blog, to share those little villages that are as gorgeous as Paris but less well-known. (There are other reasons as well…)

Nimes is the capital of Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon region.

It ranks 21st in term of population size in France and it is quite popular among tourists coming to the south of France.

Of course, Nimes doesn’t belong to the list of hidden gems, but I do feel obliged to introduce the town where I had spent more than 2 years.

It isn’t a place I want to stay for a long time (I had to because of my study) but I would say it isn’t bad for tourists…

There are three important historical remains from the Roman Empire in Nimes, the Roman Amphitheatre, Maison Carrée (the Square House) and Tour Magne in Jardins de la Fontaine.


the Roman Amphitheatre


Maison Carrée


Tour Magne

I won’t go into the background of these monuments, rather, I would like to give you some tips when you visit Nimes one day.


Nîmes in Xmas

Nîmes in Xmas

The center of Nimes is small and you can easily visit the whole town on foot. I would say it takes 30 to 40min to reach the garden which is already the furthest to the train station. There is a bit of a climb to reach the tower however.

You should also be able to buy combined ticket for all the three monuments at a discount price.

Of course, Nimes has more to offer. Grab a map from the tourist office and explore Nimes in half a day.

Bon voyage à tous 🙂

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