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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 ...
... why, well guess what, the tree is an olive tree that has been dated over 1,000 years old, OMG. Glad we got the shot. I have to be honest, personally I wasn't enthralled by this aqueduct and I think that maybe that was because yesterday we discovered a little treasure at Castries, we found the source of the aqueduct and saw the finish and today for me personally today I saw a bridge with no beginning and no end, I know the history and the importance and significance ...
and back to the boat in time to cast off. Some people weren't and they got left
behind. None of this waiting 30 minutes longer for the latecomers. We sat up on the top of the boat coming back
in a bit of a breeze which was v refreshing after the glaring sun in Arles. PS
we saw no evidence of van Gogh. Perhaps he had retired for the afternoon too.
Mercifully there was no more to eat, all that was on the ground floor was the
bar and a DJ, which ...
... 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 ...
... and stumble purely by chance onto a fresh farmers market. I feel as if i am in a French travel documentary. The markets are exactly as i have seen them on television and i am entranced by the variety of produce available. I want to stop and buy it all with a basket draped over my arm. I want to be part of this documentary if it is at all possible.
The displays of fresh produce, seafood of all types, mountains of cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits ...