Enter Nîmes, another mid-sized southern French city bestrewn with Roman ruins. Pronounced “neem” [nim], this city was high on my bucket list for its Maison Carrée, an exquisitely-preserved Roman temple, and its Arènes, or Roman amphitheater. But frustrating our daytrip plans were the relentless winter rains; we felt as if we had simply caught Nîmes on a bad day, when all it wanted was to hide in bed with a good book and a cup of tea.
Nevertheless, after our high-speed train pulled into a grand, two-story train station that dates back to the 1840s (!), we opened our umbrellas and set out along a wide, tree-lined boulevard toward the first stop of the day: the amphitheater.
Les Arènes de Nîmes: the Roman amphitheater
|Outside the amphitheater|
|The restored bullring|
La Maison Carrée: the Roman temple
|Check out the fluting on those columns!|
|I believe the coffered ceiling is a re-creation|
Getting rained out in the old town
|Street art of a bullfighter|
|Rainbow over the main square|
|Sunset over the amphitheater|
On our way back to the train station, we just so happened to walk by a pastry shop in the old town that had been open since 1775—Maison Villaret. So of course we had to peek in to pick up some macarons. Nîmes at least left a sweet taste in our mouths on the way back to Avignon.
Have you ever left a city wanting more, wishing you could go back for a do-over? Tell me down below in the comments section!
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.