Nîmes notes

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

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Seen from Trambus: Liberté

trambus_liberteComing to another trambus stop, Liberté. Behind is a brand new apartment building, and a lower building, which one day probably will have to go… But what is most interesting, is the shape of the man in the stop signal: it’s like a star!


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Seen from the trambus: Le Colisée


trambus_building001trambus_building002 The trambus route to Nîmes center goes between the apartment and office block Le Colisée, designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. The (rather grey and dull) building is said to be inspired by the Arènes de Nîmes, and was built between 1989 and 1995.

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Inauguration of Allées Jean-Jaurès

Although it was raining and cold, quite many people attended the inauguration of Allées Jean-Jaurès today. The avenue has gone through an amazing change: on this very spot were cars parked when I first visited Nîmes, and now it’s a beautifully designed and green park, where children can play and people relax!

I really wanted to see the architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, as I think he has done a great job here. And there he was, a man in his 60’s, giving a short and rather amusing speech after the mayor’s long explanations. And then it was time for the cocktails and snacks in the gardens.

Afternoon there would be bus tours, circus, falcons and other events, but I got so cold I thought I’ll skip it.

Anyway, if you’re coming to Nîmes, take a stroll at this avenue become a park. It’s really very nice.