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


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Roman Games in Nîmes

roman festivalThis weekend’s event in Nîmes was the Roman Games, or Les Grands Jeux Romains, with a theme of Cesar’s triumph. I will post more pictures on my Provence travel blog, so here’s just a “teaser”: one of the emblemic characters of the festival, the masked warrior. **Edit: Here now more pictures from the festival!

The festival was held now for the fourth time and as a historical reconstruction show, it is unique in Europe . Every year the theme has been a little different, but the main events remain basically the same: Roman ceremonies at the Maison Carrée, a parade, workshops for children, and of course, the games: with legionaries, gladiators, etc. You can watch the official trailer (of the last years) games here.

(Previous post on the Roman Games here, here and here.)


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The creative Gallo-Roman artisans

The May theme of CDP is Creative artisan, and to be honest, I couldn’t first think of anything to post. Sure, there are a lot of artisans in Nîmes, but do I ever see them at work? Then I saw Steffe’s wonderful pictures of the Vikings, and suddenly remembered these snapshots I took last year at the Nîmes Roman festival. Leathermakers, potters, mosaic makers, oil lamp makers… and what else.

The festival, Les Grands Jeux Romains, is actually just around the corner: if you’re into Roman history, be in Nîmes on May 4th and 5th! History buffs and artisans from different areas of Europe (France, Germany, Italy…) gather together to celebrate the Roman history of Nîmes. And it’s great fun 🙂

Click here to see more creative artisans around the world.

Edit: More pictures of this years Great Roman Games in my other blog here!