Nîmes notes

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

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Nemausa renovated

nemausaThe wooden sculpture of Nemausa (plunging back to water – or the canal next to – where it has come from) was renovated this spring. I took pictures of it at the time, you can see them here. Now the statue, made of one large tree trunk, has been painted white, and should last again many years.

The sculpture/statue is a nice surprise along the canal leading to the Jardins de la Fontaine, many people stop by to take pictures of it – with of course a smile on their faces!

The picture was taken at the beginning of October, at the moment the trees aren’t that green anymore.


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Map of Nismes and Nemausus


Nemausus, Nismes, Civitas Narbonensis Galliae Vestustissima

Next to the smiling crocodile, you will find the city map of the medieval Nîmes, or Nismes as it was called at the time. The city was encirled by a city wall, with a moat in the front. The larger walls are the city walls of the Roman Nîmes, or Nemausus. It was that much bigger in the Roman times!

Do notice also the Pont du Gard (in the map it says “Le Pont du gar, ou gardon”) on the right upper corner. It was built to bring water to Nemausus’ baths and fountains.

The map was drawn in the 16th century by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. To see it more in detail, click here.

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Cactus windows

flowerwindowsHere’s another idea for those, who are no gardeners but love flowers anyway: Paint them onto your window! No worries of watering, too strong sunshine, or anything the like.

The previous attempt can be found here.

The inner window shutters are, by the way, really handy. The southern sunshine is very strong, and the shutters keep the temperature inside bearable…

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Another torero on the wall

torero on the wall

Although Nîmes is full of wonderful and charming old façades, I decided to show you something different for the CDP’s July theme day. Here we are at the outer ring of Nîmes, where many housing blocks have been built after the Algerian war (I assume). And yes, it is a torero that has been painted on the wall of one of the apartment blocks! Nîmes is famous for its bullfights, and people love them. Not everyone, of course, but many do. And the tauromarhie is a big, big part of the city’s culture.

Clicking here you can see other façades around the world.

And here and here are the previous pictures of the more recent torero wall painting.

P.S. In my Marseille blog there’s another wall painting for the same facade theme!



saint georgesTuesday’s theme at CDP was Saint George’s Day – the national day of England – and when I browsed the pictures everyone had taken, I suddenly remembered this relief on one of the medieval buildings of Nîmes. I quickly went through my archives, and found some pictures (today it’s raining and I don’t much feel like going out…) – it’s a bit late, but anyway.

So here is a French version of Saint-Georges, which you can find at Place de la Belle-Croix in the heart of Nîmes.