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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Léz’Arts Scéniques, Sélestat’s music festival

Léz'Arts Scéniques music and culture festival in SélestatWhile the Léz’Arts Scéniques festival near Sélestat attracts visitors from around the globe it has essentially a local flavor: people come who have grown up in the area, know each other, have been to school together. This gives the festival a jovial atmosphere where many attendees come with most of their social circle and visitors are made to feel welcome. The 2012 festival read more

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Petite-France: the medieval tanners’ quarter of Strasbourg

Strasbourg's La Petite France with view its Ill riverTurning around street corners in the old town of Strasbourg on the Grande Île in the middle of the river Ill, you may end up in one of the most atmospheric sections of this World Heritage Site. Timber houses, narrow streets: you are in Petite France, in the Middle Ages the tanners’ quarter of the city. River canals cut through the area and slow-moving boats pass through the locks, the two halves pulled aside to read more

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Vieux-Port: the old port of Marseille

Port of Marseille from the Quai des BelgesThe Vieux-Port: Marseille’s old port was for many years the city’s gateway to the sea and the world of trade. Now it is a lively center of the downtown area, brimming with restaurants, bars, and cafes. The historic section of the city around the port was destroyed during World War II and reconstruction began in 1948. In past centuries thousands of trading vessels passed through the port each year. Now the harbor is a marina crowded with smaller ships. Two forts were read more

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