Nîmes notes

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


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Concrete wood railings

steps002When you leave the square with the Lebanon cedar towards the side exit of Jardins de la Fontaine, you will take these steps down. The railings are not wood, despite the outlook, but concrete (béton in French). This was very popular and I guess a bit fashionable style in the 19th century, to imitate the nature with concrete structures. And what’s interesting, they do look like wood! Just that the colour is grey.

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Details: A torero’s outfit

details_toreroAt CDP, the theme for October is details, and here is my interpretation of it. The picture is of a torero’s outfit, used and worn, and for sale during the feria.

I’ve always wanted to take a look at these outfits more closely… And now I got a chance. Originally, I imagine, the material of these outfits has been silk, but this one I’m not so sure about. Didn’t touch though, to make sure.

The torero’s use different kinds and coloured outfits. Some are even designed by haute-couture designers, like the Arles-born designer Christian Lacroix, who also takes much of his inspiration from the local bullfight and gipsy culture. The designer of the picture’s outfit I don’t know, tough, neither who I had belonged.

Bullfights and toreros are usually connected with Spain, but they are very important also in South of France (not in the Côte d’Azur, but in the area from Istres near Marseille to Bayonne in French Basque). Nîmes is said to be the most Spanish of French towns, and you can see both corrida and flamenco here.

To see other details around the world, click here.