Sommières and the Saturday morning market!

Sommières, FranceSommières is a small town situated between Nîmes and Montpellier in the Vaunage well-known for its medieval centre, its castle and its bridge. The Roman Bridge over the Vidourle, originally consisting of 20 arches and a length of 200 metres, was built in the first century by the Emperor Tiberius to join Nîmes and Toulouse. After the Pont du Gard, it is one of the most impressive read more

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A Guided Tour of Nîmes through the sights and the local culture

The city centre of the Gard in NîmesNîmes is my heart’s city. I have spent there all my adolescence and I would like to let you discover the town through my grown-up eyes. So let’s make a tour!

We will begin at the train station, because maybe you don’t have a car… The Nîmes train station is the terminus of the high-speed line coming from Paris. This is why the connection between Nîmes and Montpellier is so long by train even if you stay in the same TGV!

To leave the train station with direction city center, go up the Avenue Feuchère. You will find plenty of bus stops there but, as Nîmes is not too expanded, you can easily walk around. You are now arriving at the Charles de Gaulle Esplanade recently renovated and read more

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Aigues-Mortes, the Medieval City and its Saint-Louis Festival – a Reconstruction of the Thirteenth Century!

The walled city was originally a hamlet inhabited only by fishers and salters amid salt pits. In the eighteenth century, the Matafère tower was built presumably to alert the Magne tower in Nîmes, in case of a fleet invasion. A few centuries later, in the Middle Ages, Louis IX wanted to establish access to the Mediterranean Sea for the French Crown to use it as departure point for the crusades. Consequently, with the aid of his architect Eudes de Montreuil, he designed from 1244 the plans of read more

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The Mont Saint-Michel

The Mont Saint-MichelOne of my favourite places in France is the Mont Saint-Michel, which in English means Saint Michael’s Mount. The Mont Saint-Michel is a tiny island situated at the mouth of River Couesnon in Normandy, next to its border with the region of Brittany.

The island lies at a strategic position and it has held fortifications from the ancient times until the 8th century, when the monastery of Saint Michel was built on it and gave it the name by which it is known today. Until that time the island was known as read more

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