This summer, my husband and I went on a day trip to Nîmes, a small city in the south of France. It took us about 2.5 hours from Lyon by train and the tickets were pretty inexpensive, although the price would vary depending on the time of booking.
Nîmes is known for its history as a Roman colony and is a popular tourist destination. We had a great day, exploring the historic monuments of this city. Here are the monuments we saw:
1. Les Arènes des Nîmes – This is a beautifully preserved amphitheatre, though not as impressive as the one in Rome. We took an audio guided tour that really brought to life the ancient times, especially the gladiator fights. There is also a gallery inside the amphitheatre that showcases the gladiators’ weapons and techniques:
2. Maison Carré – This is an ancient Roman temple. Inside, we watched a multimedia show that brought Nîmes’ history to life in 3-D.
3. La tour Magne – Its name means ‘Great Tower’ and it is the only tower left standing from the Roman city walls. We had to walk a lot to get there and then it was a steep climb, but it was worth it for the splendid view of Nîmes.
We then walked down to one of the many cafés in Nîmes and ate a lunch of ‘Moules-frites’, i.e., mussels and fries. It was delicious and 100% unlimited, so we ate till we were full!
Luckily, we didn’t have to do any walking after this, we just strolled over to the station and took the train back to Lyon!
If you’re ever in France and you have the chance to visit Nîmes, I highly recommend it. It is totally worth the visit and I’m sure I’ll go back one day.
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