Nîmes notes

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


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Morning coffee at a café

cafedesbeauxartsTourists are gone, at least most of them, and it’s time to get back to the normal life. The Bar des Beaux Arts at Place aux Herbes in the heart of the city is a popular place to have a coffee – or an apero in the evening.

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Cactus windows

flowerwindowsHere’s another idea for those, who are no gardeners but love flowers anyway: Paint them onto your window! No worries of watering, too strong sunshine, or anything the like.

The previous attempt can be found here.

The inner window shutters are, by the way, really handy. The southern sunshine is very strong, and the shutters keep the temperature inside bearable…


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First death

cicadas…or, when the body left the body…

It’s again the time, when the young cicadas emerge their nymph skins to become fully adults, and the empty nymph skins are seen on tree trunks, grasses and under the benches. Here, in the Jardins de la Fontaine in Nîmes.

The nymph skins are surprisingly small, so first it’s difficult to notice them. In the photo on the right,  there are two skins. Can you find them? And above there are more, like the cicadas had been climbing up the tree…

So, now the singing of the cicadas gets even louder? Well, that’s the sound of summer!


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Picture taking

touristsSomehow I wanted to catch this scene, where the tourists are taking pictures of the Temple of Diana in Jardins de la Fontaine. Big cameras are passé, and hardly anyone really uses the iPad for taking photos (anymore), like the woman on the right. Nowadays popular are the cellphone cameras and again the tiny winy pocket cameras. It’s fun to observe the trends, isn’t it!


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Street lamps by the canal of Nîmes

streetlampsThe August theme at City Daily Photo is street lamps. So, here’s a classy one, taken at the Quai de la Fontaine in Nîmes. The canal is lined by plane trees, and between every two trees there is a pair of classical French street lamps, or lampadaires.

Sure there are modern ones in the city, but my eye likes this one!

The CDP linky seems not working yet, so to see the streetlamps around the world, it’s better to click the latest category.


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Film screen in Jardins de la Fontaine

realisateurdanslavilleOne of the nicest summer events in Nîmes is the film screenings in Jardins de la Fontaine. The week-long festival is called Un réalisateur dans la ville, and every year a different (French) film maker is invited as a guest, with his/her films. This year it was Jean-Pierre Mocky, in France a well-known actor, screenwriter, producer and director, but a little less well-known elsewhere. At least I had never heard of him.

So, perhaps due to that, I (almost) missed the screenings. Today is the last one: L’ibis rouge starts when the sun goes down. Should I go or should I stay? Anyway, the screenings are free of charge, and the atmosphere is great, with twinkling stars and singing of the cicadas…