Roman Relics Reign in France’s Gard

Nimes Coloseum

The Gard, located in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, holds many relics of its Roman past. It is the home of Nimes, Agues Mortes and portions of the wild Camargue. Not to be missed is the spectacular Pont du Gard, a UNESCO Heritage site, a massive aqueduct built by the Romans to bring water from the spring at Eure d’Uzès to Nîmes. What to see in Nimes Two thousand years of history, ... Read Full Article

6 Heritage Sites In Historic Perpignan, France

Perpignan Cathedral

  Perpignan, which is situated in the southern part of France, is a beautiful city. Historically, it can trace its roots back to Roman times, though the medieval town itself was founded around the 10th century. It is an ideal place to visit for anyone who is interested in a holiday where learning and culture are a main focus. While planning your perpignan flights and accommodation, have ... Read Full Article

An Insider’s Guide to Aigues Mortes, France

Statue of St Louis in Aigues Mortes

Few first-time tourists to France have heard of Aigues-Mortes, located in the extreme South of France in the Petite Camargue region. However, this medieval, walled village holds many wonders. Aigues-Mortes was established in the 13th century as the first Mediterranean port in France on the orders of the King of France, Louis the IX. The well preserved original city walls still stand today ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Languedoc Roussillon

Hostellerie Provencale

  I just love the Languedoc Roussillon region of France. Located just west of Provence, Languedoc Roussillon offers fantastic food and wines, authentic small towns, and some of the best sights in France, including the Pont du Gard and the walled city of Carcassonne. This region is also home to Nimes as well as numerous, untouristed, small town jewels to include; Uzes and Beaucaire. Here ... Read Full Article

Beaucaire, France: Village of Artisans, History and Bullfighting

Festival day in Beaucaire

  Located in the Gard region in the south of France, Beaucaire is set in the center of a triangle comprised of Avignon, Nimes and Arles. It is distinguished by a medieval castle, winding cobblestone streets and the Rhone-Sete canal that runs right through the center of town. In fact, it might just be the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the South of France. When we ... Read Full Article

The Pont du Gard: a Roman Masterpiece

World Heritage Site- Pont du Gard

It was our first visit to the Pont du Gard in the South of France and I wasn't sure what to expect. Had it been turned into a crass, Disneyland-esque experience for the masses? Was it just another tourist trap? The answer is ... absolutely not!  It was one of those rare experiences where you learn a little and are astounded a lot! The Pont du Gard, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in ... Read Full Article

Exploring the Gard Region of France

Nimes Colosseum at night

My husband Bill and I were guests of the Gard Tourisme Office for a five day tour of this beautiful, but mainly undiscovered region of France. Although we have traveled to the south of France numerous times, we had not spent much time in the Gard. The Gard is part of Languedoc Roussillon and is located just to the west of Provence. Oh, what a wonderful trip! We stayed at some great hotels ... Read Full Article

A Cultural Pause in Sète France


Unlike its big sisters - Nimes or Narbonne, Sète doesn’t have a Roman past to brag about. In fact, this Mediterranean city is a relative youngster in historical terms. It was built three centuries ago -- yesterday, by French standards. In the XVIIth century, to improve the economic situation of his kingdom, Louis XIV decided to develop the maritime trade. But, first, he needed an open port on the ... Read Full Article

Sète: a Modest, French Fishing Village

view of the Mediterranee from the Cimetiere Marin on top of Mt. Saint Clair

Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Thau Lagoon, lies Sète, an exquisite little French fishing port. Hardly known outside France, Sète likes to keep a low profile and its inhabitants don’t go out of their way to call attention to their home. In fact, they have no time for it. Sète is a busy place where people work hard. There are no glitzy crowds, plush hotels, or lavish shops. Instead, you will ... Read Full Article

Nimes, France: a Roman Masterpiece

Nimes Maison Carree

Years ago, as we were getting lost on our way to Arles, my husband and I ended up in Nimes.    We did not see Arles – at least not on that trip.  Our journey through Provence stopped right in Nimes, which felt immediately like home.   We did not leave until we found a place, our place, where we now spend half the year.   Many of our friends and relatives are somewhat dumbfounded that we chose ... Read Full Article