And 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…
Previous weekend it was the feria, and now a national competition of pure blood Arabian horses…
I almost missed it, but luckily checked the local paper’s internet pages on Sunday morning. The two day event would be at Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle in the city center, and it would be free of charge. Late afternoon I then went to see the horses. The whole thing was already ending, but a glimpse of these beautiful animals I could get. Here are some photos from yesterday:
For 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:
The 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!
Today was the last day of Feria des Vendanges, or the harvest festival. After seeing two corridas yesterday (Léa Vicens, Paco Ojeda and the magnificent Diego Ventura in the morning and a “mano à mano” by El Juli and the triumphant José Mari Manzanares in the evening), today I just strolled around the town.
First I went to see another abrivado, but as I’ve posted pictures of it twice, I’ll pass it this time. After that there was a folklore parade. The local dance and music is called farandole, and I think it’s really beautiful and often also very humoristic! If you have a chance, do go and see it. The music, the wear… everything is so pretty.
Today 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).