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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 ...
... 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 ...
... adventure like this one any time soon....
We shouldve waited until we got to Les Halles, the food market. I thought it only sold produce but as it happened, anything you could eat was there, and some. Everything so fresh no unpleasant fishy or meaty smells. Macarons were superb. As was a little bitter almond bikky.
The front of the building has a vertical garden covering a couple of stories, and give the place a very organic look.
From there ...
... 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 ...
... away rattling and clanging its way along the line leaving us standing in the gloom beside the tram line with the tram disappearing into the mist. I am absolutely terrified now and i imagine being kidnapped and interrogated for spying or even worse.
We look around us and there is no one in sight anywhere but there is a small kiosk on the other side of the road and we step over the tram line and cross the road a young woman is sitting in the kiosk and she speaks ...