Cafe au lait/cappucino
WARNING! Do not order these as you will get so addicted to them, and then spend the whole day walking around and popping into cafes/bars for just one more cafe au lait!
It's pronounced caf-ay o lay, and are oh so creamy and delicious! Bet you can't have just the one!
Big steps in the arena
Because of the need to cram as many seats as possible into an arena where you could literally taste the blood, the Romans built their amphiteatres high. This compromised spectator comfort as the steps leading to the seats need to be higher than normal.
The tour guide at the site commented that an American recently told her that if the Arena was in the states, then there would be a lawyer lurking at the foot of every staircase - or vomitory as they should be called.
Girls on their own
Just be careful if you're a girl travelling by herself (although this is true for every destination) - the men tend to be very leery, especially if you're blonde. Just take it in your stride, glare at them, and generally they have no malicious feelings. Be careful late at night outside the train station, a few dodgy characters lurk.
- School Holidays
- Women's Travel
A safe city.
I didn't feel unsafe in Nimes, even at night, and the locals were pretty friendly. I had a major panic at one point when I couldn't find my wallet, and thought it may have been stolen, but I retraced my steps to find I'd left it on the counter of a small shop, who handed it back to me before I'd even asked if he'd seen it. I didn't hear of anyone else having any trouble, and in general the city felt very relaxed.
This may not apply if you visit Nimes at other times, or out of season.
But if you go in August expect (very) long queues to get into the amphitheatre and Maison Carre.
Not only are there visitors from abroad (and one or two school parties), but it seems many French people like to visit in their holidays too.
The queues were simply too long for me to bother with whenever I passed them during the day.
So it's a case of getting there early, or being prepared to wait. At least this will be in the shade at the amphitheatre!
- Historical Travel
Reading a map!
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explain why Paulien turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
- Road Trip
Do drink enough!!!
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.
- Hiking and Walking
A few basic rules should therefore be observed:
- take your waste away with you,
- do not pick any plants,
- stay on the marked paths,
- keep dogs on a lead.
You are prohibited to light fires or dive into the Gardon from the bridge.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
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