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After getting use to the sound of hoot owls in the night we slept in until 8:00am this morning. We awoke to a low cloud level and cool temperatures but the promise of a sunny day lay ahead. After a pot of coffee (loved that after a month of espressos) and a light breakfast, we took a walk through the village of Noves.
Noves is is a very small village with only a few hundred inhabitants. At one time there were ramparts around the town but only a few remain along with a few ...
... bull fights, yes bull fights, it is the only town in France that hosts bull fights and allows bulls to be killed during the season each year. Quite a spectacle and one I am happy to say I didn't have to witness.
Next we headed to The Forum, La Maison Carree which is where the inception of Nimes was founded and another building built in the 1st century AD. I am starting to think that everything we see is super old. Super cool. Brendan had a wonderful ...
... of Augustus who both died young.
The inscription dedicating the temple to Gaius and Lucius was removed in medieval times. However, a local scholar, Jean-Franēois Séguier, was able to reconstruct the inscription in 1758 from the order and number of the holes in the portico's facade, to which the bronze letters had been affixed by projecting tines. According to Séguier's reconstruction, the text of the dedication read (in translation): ...
... height: 17.77777862548828px;">We had 1 1/2 hours to kill, so we walked into a bar and enjoyed a refreshing beer. At 2.45pm we caught our bus to Nimes and walked across to our accommodation "Adagio Access Nimes".
After picking up our rental car in Avignon, we heading for the Pont du Gard a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is part of a 50km-long system of canals built around 19 BC by the Romans to bring water from near Uzes to Nimes. We also enjoyed a very refreshing swim, which was welcomed with the heat of ...