Oh Marcel, tu tires ou tu pointes?[Oh Marcel, you shoot or you place?]. This is the non-ending question, the to be or not to be of this game. The word Pétanque comes from the provencal language, and means in french 'Pied-tanqué' and in english 'joined-foot'. Because when you play this game your foot are joined.
Played around the Jardins de la Fontaine. There are also competitions in the Arenes.
The Maison Carrée (Square House) is the only ancient temple to have been completely preserved. It is 26 m. long, 15 m. wide and 17 m. high. It is so well preserved due to it has been occupied since the 11th century for several uses such as consular house, stables, appartments and even as a church.
Wander the Streets
The streets of Nîmes are mostly tiled and I just loved them for some reason (sort of weird for a nature lover...?). I really enjoyed just walking around, checking out shops, etc. I spotted some dog poop on the tiles once and I had a good laugh. It was really at odds with the look of the city :)
Pont du Gard
"Engineering at it's best"
The Pont du Gard is a World heritage site.
It's an aqueduct built by the Romans to carry water from Uzes to Nimes. It took 50,000 tones of stone to and over 1,000 men to build this 48 metres high Aqueduct.
Work started on it in AD 38 and was completed in AD 52
The site has recently been re developed to include a Mediterranean garden.
You can walk across the bridge, if you do make sure you spend some time to read the early graffiti.
The site is free to visit.
Those with a mobility problem will find wheelchair hire at the Information office.
The start of the walk, which is flat to the Aqueduct, but, the gardens there is a slight hill.
There is a small museum, cafe, toilets and Information at the entrance close to the car park.
One evening in Nîmes
I arrived in Nîmes while returning from a trip to Avignon. My friend dragged me along the must-see's in the town: the Arena, the Maison Carée, the Carré d'Art, ... Unfortunately the Botanical garden was closed, but we were able to take a look in the city hall and see the 4 hanging crocodiles in the stairhall. Nîmes looks like a nice city, but I think there are better places out there in South-France to visit...