Nîmes notes

a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France

The house of Jean Nicot

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It is the superb doorway the tourists are interested in, but equally interesting is the fact whose house this used to be. Here was born Mr. Jean Nicot (1530–1600), who introduced tobacco to France. Nicot, nicotine… yes, the same man. In 1559 he was sent to Portugal as the French embassador to negotiate the marriage of the Portuguese King and a French princess, and when he came back to France, he brought some tobacco with him. It was not smoked at the time, but used as a medicine for relaxing ones nerves. Catherine de Medici loved tobacco, and so it became popular at the court, which made M. Nicot a (wealthy and a) well-known man.

 

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Picture diaries from Nîmes (and Marseille), South of France

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