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After Arles we set off for Nimes which is in the Gard Department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Elodie dropped us near the Palais du Justice and we wandered off in the very hot sun towards the amazing Roman Amphitheatre, the Arena of Nimes – it seemed to me a much more jaw-dropping structure than the one in Arles. The huge blocks from which it is constructed are very imposing and it is impossible not to try and imagine how the Romans managed to put it together…

Moving on, we found the Roman temple we had heard about – the Maison Carree, and that was similarly stunning, so well preserved,  with six huge Corinthian columns. It would have been easy to while away all of our time there, but there was more to see – the enticingly cool side streets, a stunning church, pretty buildings with exquisite balconies, and a return to the cafe bar we had seen beside the Arena, for a quick wine and contemplation of the magnificent structure which stood before us. I will let my photos tell the story…. before we head off to the Pont du Gard – the highlight of our day….

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