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

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

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

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

Gladiators and Madators and Bono… Oh My! The Roman Amphitheater of Nîmes, France


The city of Nîmes is located in Southwest France and is the capital of the Gard Department in the Cévennes Region. Among tourists, it is best known for its well-preserved Roman structures. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Arènes de Nimes, an amphitheater that dates back to Roman times, first century A.D. An impressive structure, it has an area of 133m/146yd by 101m/110yd in area and, in ... Read Full Article

Shop the Markets of Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Nice Market in Summer

When in Provence, checking out the many street markets is a must. While in France we build our sightseeing around the markets. We get to the town early, visit the market and spend the rest of the day visiting the sights. The vendors at these markets are friendly and most will speak at least a little English. If not, you can use hand gestures to let them know what you want and how much. It ... Read Full Article