Nîmes notes

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

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The trambus of Nîmes

trambusThe ending station of the Nîmes trambus is in front of the Arènes.

The trambus is a combination of – as you can guess from the name – a tram and a bus. No rails needed, looks like a long bus, but otherwise the concept comes from a tram. And having now tested it once (no, twice, I went back and forth), it works!

In my humble opinion, the route is much more clear than those of the busses. It’s also fairly fast, and also frequent (at least during the day). It’s not as silent as the modern trams, but it’s supposed to be more environment friendly – the tram bus doesn’t use gasoline or diesel, but electricity. The ride cost one euro, and you can purchase the ticket when entering. Just don’t forget to stamp it!

Some people of course criticize the meaning and the cost (79 million euros) of a new type of bus which has (so far) just one line. It circulates between the Arènes and the commercial centre near the highway entrance. New lines are planned, of course.

Well, I don’t say anything to that. Just that I liked my ride. I will post during the next few days a few pictures taken in and from the bus.


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Where the Roman watch towers stood

arenes_ringAnd here we are on the ground (compare with the previous photo). The large circle marks the place where a Roman watch tower used to be. Same way are the old city walls marked. And in the evening they glow…


Nîmes seen from the top of the amphitheatre

view from arenesHere’s another view of Nîmes, seen from the top of the amphitheatre. There, where you now see a giant wall painting of the Spanish torero José Tomàs, will a few years later stand the new museum of Romanity. The work has just begun. Otherwise the views are of the nearby suburbs of Nîmes, a mixture of old, fairly low buildings and new and modern apartment buildings.


Marie Sara, boutique and rejoneadora

mariesaraFor me, Marie Sara had so far been a name of a clothes shop in Nîmes (40 rue Madeleine). But a couple of days ago I learned who is the person Marie Sara, when she entered on the Arenes of Nîmes riding her horse alongside with Paco Ojeda. As Marie Sara is a famous French rejoneadora, one of the few female horseback bullfighter. She had received her alternative in Nîmes in 1991, and now she was there for the ceremony of the young rejoneadora, Léa Vicens.

I’m not sure if the clothing shop is Marie Sara’s (real name Marie Bourseiller) own business or not, but at least now I became curious. The clothes sold are quite elegant, the little that I’ve checked. Here is a picture of Marie Sara the rejoneadora in Nîmes this feria:



Last of the Feria des Vendanges 2013

feria_drummerThe Feria des Vendanges has finished for this year. The bandas have gone home, bar tents are taken down. It’s time to clean up and get back to normal life. But before that, let’s take a quick look of yesterdays events and the feria atmosphere as seen on the streets of Nîmes. At least some of it!


Léa Vicens at the amphitheatre of Nîmes

lea vicensToday was a special day for Nîmes: The nîmoise Léa Vicens received her alternative and became a legitimate rejoneadora (horseback bullfighter). She was superb: brave, courageous, elegant, beautiful, skillful, humorous and always smiling. Her parrain was Paco Ojeda, a legend, and the star of corrida de réjon (horseback bullfight), Diego Ventura  appeared on the arena with her. Léa Vicens got one ear, while Ventura a total of three ears and one tail (which are the trophees in the corrida).