Yup! You heard right! 🙂 The south of France is synonymous with beautiful beaches, great weather and I guess a truly decadent lifestyle yet it is also full of so much amazing history and sights. In the interest of full disclosure, I hadn’t really heard much about Nimes until I was looking on SkyScanner.net for a good old travel deal and came across an amazing bargain to visit Nimes. The flights were cheap and when I looked at accommodation, it was also unbelievably cheap (total price was about £50 for flights and accommodation on a weekend away)! Pretty impressive huh?
I wasn’t sure what to fully expect but a quick scan of the good old internet got me truly excited to visit Nimes! Nimes contains some of the most important remains of the Roman Empire (as you’ll see soon) and is an impressive city to spend a break away. The Roman aspect is quite a unique factor for this city as it is French, not Italian but those Romans did get around quite a bit. Nimes is also near the Pont Du Gard bridge which is worth visiting if you have a car or a long enough stay to catch a bus or taxi there. In typical Hand Luggage Only style, I’ll walk you through what we got up to in Old Rome via Southern France!
First off, we headed out to the hotel to drop our things off after a rather early flight! This comes with the territory of getting cheap deals and we’re kinda used to this now.
…then the hunt for breakfast began in earnest! We soon found a nice patisserie and begun to wreck havoc on some pastries!
Then the city exploration began in earnest – but not before a few vain photos ye olde Facebook…
Try to spot the obvious Roman buildings…
Someone’s got an over inflated sense of their own strength…
We soon headed off back to the hotel which was absolutely amazing and in keeping with the city! It was so rustic with even a cute courtyard where breakfast was served the next morning! Absolutely loved it!
Headed back out to get some lunch and carried on sightseeing
Lloyd’s turning into something of a tyrant I think….
Eventually went back to the hotel for a quick nap which was really needed after the early start! Got changed and got ready to see what Nimes was like at night!
Not before dinner of course during which we were placed under a trance by some amazing Creme Brûlée…
Creme Brûlée trance over, we headed off into the night where we came across a street festival… at this point, I remembered the receptionist talking about this when we checked in but in my ‘excitement haze’ I don’t think I was really paying attention.
Needless to say, we spent the rest of the night dancing with strangers-turned-friends to music by live performers.
…before making our way back home through the streets of Nimes, exhausted but thoroughly entertained!