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... hands of the Caesar. I have to say that I saw the arena through a tourist eye and not as a spectator that must have witnessed barbarism at its worst! There is restoration going on as we speak and hats off the France for recognising the quality of history they have in their towns and cities. The arena is still used today as a cultural hub where it hosts concerts, festivals and cultural events through out the summer however, its ...
... to bring water from Ulez (the source) to Nimes and was used till the 6th century. It took approximately 15 years to complete and 80% of the aqueduct was underground so to speak. We took a side path and ended up on the top level of the aqueduct and were surprised to see how deep and wide the channel was, to imagine the amount of water flowing through this funnel each day is beyond comprehension for the day, there was approximately 2,000,000 (two million) cubic litres ...
We left Sous l'Olivier just before 9.00am and drove to the the TGV Station in Avignon from where (whence?) all but three of us were leaving. The TGV station is a confusing place if you don't speak fluent French so Jackie saw everyone to their trains. As a farewell gesture Cindy played the station piano and was well applauded by both our group and some bystanders. After saying our goodbyes Jackie, Marie and The Two Js dropped me off at the Avignon Novotel Centre ...
... occurrence in the ancient arena. We line up and purchase tour tickets and make our way down underground along the vaulted corridor out into the seating area of the arena. The tour is really a waste of time and we are not impressed as we all sit on the hard benches in the blazing sun and listen to a recording of the history of the arena. So we wander discreetly away and find a cafe for coffee and croissant.
Nimes is quite a pretty city ...
... of the Palace is a really hideous huge sculpture that soars up before our shocked eyes. I feel it has no relevance to the ancient building and it assaults us with its crudeness. I sit in the coolness of the Cloisters and wonder what significance this ungainly construction has to the breath taking palace behind it. The Rue des Teinturiers is a picturesque street paved with stones from the Durance River. It starts at the city walls and follows the ...