Le Grau du Roi, the seaside of Camargue

Le Grau du Roi, the seaside of CamargueThe city of le Grau du Roi was established in the beginning of the thirteenth century on both sides of a grau, a point where waters communicate; in this case the étang du Médard and the Mediterranean. The historic center, built around the canal joining Aigues-Mortes with the sea, has kept its original style. The northwest shore (usually referred to as rive droite, meaning “right bank”) hosts read more

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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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Anduze and the Bambouseraie – the Bamboo forest!

Anduze and Saint-Julien Rock

Owing to its strategic position, the commune of Anduze has been inhabited since a very long time. A Gallic Oppidum and a Roman Castrum were both built at the top of Saint-Julien’s rock, attesting the human occupancy of the region. In the 16th century, the city counted more than 7,000 inhabitants! Today Anduze is highly touristic and it is well known for 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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