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Nīmes


The vestiges of ancient Rome and the scent of Spain in a vibrant French town.


Un grand merci (Thank you so much) to Richard Debroise,who kindly helped me to understand what was happening in Nīmes when we arrived there.

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We had not any idea about the celebration, but as soon as we get out from the train in Nīmes, we realized it was not a common Sunday.
We could not visit the inside of the Arena, because it was reserved to the public of the show but we enjoyed the lively and colourful atmosphere of the town,
where everyone seemed to be involved in the celebration and in the parades.
Ladies of all ages popped out from every street corner wearing traditional costumes and brave knights from Camargue (the Europen cowboys together with Butteri from Tuscany) galloped everywhere, many musical bands added a sound background to the festival.
It was the annual festival of “Cocardes D’Or” (The Golden Ribbon), which nominates every year the best “Raseteur”.
A “Rasetuer” is the man , wearing totally white clothes, who competes with bulls in a typical game, which doesn’t end with the bull’s death like in Spanish Corrida, by the way.

This year the festival was held in Nīmes,next year will be hold in Arles.
The two towns alternate the honour.

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It's time to go....
It's time to go....
 Business Graffiti
Business Graffiti
The fountain Garden
The fountain Garden
The gate of Autumn
The gate of Autumn
Quai de la Fontaine...a feeling of peace.
Quai de la Fontaine...a feeling of peace.
La Maison Carrée...unluckily under restauration
La Maison Carrée...unluckily under restauration
Someone doesn't want to be late for the festival parade...
Someone doesn't want to be late for the festival parade...
They don't care too much for the festival...
They don't care too much for the festival...
While all the people are in the Arena...
While all the people are in the Arena...
The ancient little streets are quiet today....
The ancient little streets are quiet today....
A feeling of ghost-town...
A feeling of ghost-town...
Only the echoes of few steps....
Only the echoes of few steps....
Discovering at random charming corners...
Discovering at random charming corners...
Lost in a maze...
Lost in a maze...
Crossroad after crossroad....
Crossroad after crossroad....
If you come to Nīmes, you must admire the Arena...
If you come to Nīmes, you must admire the Arena...
Les Demoiselles de Nīmes 1
Les Demoiselles de Nīmes 1
Les Demoiselles de Nīmes 2
Les Demoiselles de Nīmes 2
The last touch to the hair-style....
The last touch to the hair-style....
Wait, you have something on your shoulder....
Wait, you have something on your shoulder....
Ophélie
Ophélie
The Knight
The Knight
Are you ready? It's nearly time to start the parade...
"Are you ready?" "It's nearly time to start the parade..."
Follow us...
Follow us...
Improvised carousel....
Improvised carousel....
Ready to get into the Arena
Ready to get into the Arena
Here comes the band!
Here comes the band!
Marching into the Arena...
Marching into the Arena...
All in red...
All in red...
A touch of class in the Arena....
A touch of class in the Arena....
A last  glance at the Arena....
A last glance at the Arena....
The power of a smile
The power of a smile