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Here we are just outside of Nimes and still at our gorgeous little farm. Today we headed to the bustle of Nimes to check out what's happening. Well......... We found the set for Russell Crowes Gladiator only it is NOT a set, it is the rigidige colosseum, and yes, the arena was used in the movie Gladiator. The most pristine Roman colosseum in Europe. It was built at the end of the 1st century AD. As we went through self guided tour you ...
... flowing to Nimes per day. As we walked on the middle level over the aqueduct we noticed etchings in some of the sandstone that had been done by the builders, the tool of use and their names and it is crazy that 2,000 years later their mark is still there for all to see, kind of like putting your kids footprints or handprints in concete, to last forever. We wandered toward the museum and saw some people taking photos of a tree, yeh odd right, so of course we started ...
... for pictures. It really is breathtaking.
We are due in Avignon at 5. We get settled, buy groceries and finally get to dinner at 8. Our place is modern, quiet and comfortable with a nice private backyard. Allen is delighted to be eating something he recognizes and I can't wait for a good night's sleep.
Sunday we have no desire to leave. It is warm and sunny and we have everything we need.
... t take long to look around and we head of in the tiny car to Aix en Provence were we enjoyed another lovely lunch. I managed to trip over in the front door of the cafe and fell flat on my face. I am scarlet with humiliation and the staff all rush to assist me. We are seated next to a couple from Devon England and they are enchanting dinner companions who tell us about some of the wonderful places they have visited and i add their suggestions to my list ...
We managed to catch a bus in to Avignon, right inside the ancient city walls (disappointingly you cannot walk them like York :( ) The perfect weather, with bright blue skies and hot sunshine was everything we could have asked for. On the walk to the bus stop I had noticed the hot dirty big city smell that seems unavoidable, but in town the air was sweet with the smell of the pine trees that grew off the cobbled streets. Olive ...