Nîmes notes

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

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Soundless singing birds

Today I stopped by the Gallery of Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, where an exhibition called “Des dinosaures aux l’oiseaux” was on display. It was quite a fun exhib, concentrating in the last living dinosaurs, that is, birds, which there were plenty, from tiny mosquito birds to eagles and ostriches. All stuffed, of course.

The exhibition runs until Oct 31st, and the entrance is free. More info here.


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Roman stones

The Roman history of Nîmes (former Colonia Augusta Nemausus) is evident everywhere in the city. These stones can be found, piled up along the walls, in the cloister of the old Jesuit school, which nowadays hosts the Musée Archéologique de Nîmes (free entry, highly recommended!)

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Stuffed animals and much more

Nîmes’ history dates back much earlier than just Roman history – the Museum of Natural History leads you through it (and it’s free!). Lions have later travelled towards Africa, reindeers towards Northern Europe, but there are still many traces of them (and other long gone animals) seen here and there (like in fossiles). The museum was founded in 1895 and is classified as the sixth in France in richness of the collection (told my little leaflet).