Category Archives: Nimes

Nimes’ “gentle” bull business

Bullfighting à là Provençale in neighbouring Nimes, a more “gentle” affair than in Spain; if you think you can handle it:
http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-11087316

 

Féria de Nîmes, la Pentecôte

Féria de Nîmes, la Pentecôte

60 years of Feria!

A date for your diary: “Féria de Pentecôte in Nîmes – May 23-28, 2012.

Don’t miss out on the Feria de Pentecôte or Pentecost Feria in Nîmes this spring! Held for the first time in 1952, the five-day festival runs from Thursday to Whit Monday. It’s one of the most popular events in Europe, drawing crowds of over a million bullfighting enthusiasts and merrymakers.

Nimes Pentecost Feria begins with Pegoulade, a huge carnival parade that winds its way through the city streets and culminates in a large firework display in the arenas, launching the mass celebrations.

The world’s best toreros demonstrate their skills in corridas in the ancient Roman amphitheatre before the streets fill with revellers enjoying the open-air concerts and dance parties that go on throughout the night.

As this is the south of France, there is of course a wonderful variety of local specialities to eat and drink whilst soaking up the electric atmosphere across the city.

http://int.rendezvousenfrance.com/en/events/féria-de-pentecôte

 

Feria de Pentecostés de Nimes

Feria de Pentecostés de Nimes

Life at a Snail Pace

“The colourful people of Provence offer a glimpse into the idyllic nature of country living, but that’s not to say they’re without their modern wiles”.

Find out why HERE.

 

Escargot farmer Cyril Santos

Escargot farmer Cyril Santos

De…Nimes!

Nearby Nimes is not just famous for its Roman heritage…

Find out HERE what else made Nimes famous. Even the French President has tried it out!

Nicolas Sarkozy rising a horse in the Camargue

Nicolas Sarkozy rising a horse in the Camargue

Roman Nîmes

The reign of Antoninus Pius was regarded as the most peaceful in the history of the first era of Roman Empire, and one of glory and prosperity. On his accession as the Roman emperor, Antoninus Pius persuaded the Senate to grant divine honors to the former Emperor Hadrian. Antoninus’ reign was marked by internal peace and affluence. Trade and commerce flourished extensively during this period, with the opening up of fresh trade routes and nationwide construction of new roads. The aim was to connect the entire empire for commercial purposes.

Today Nîmes is filled with important remains of its Roman history. We took this picture one late Summer afternoon, during the world-famous “Feria”.

Antoninus Pius, Nimes

Antoninus Pius, Nimes