Maison Carrée

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The Maison Carrée is another ancient Roman artifact that we see often when we are in Nîmes!  It was built in 16 BC and is one of the most best preserved Roman temples to be found anywhere in the territory of the former Roman Empire.  It is beautiful!  There is currently a little theater inside that shows an informative film of the history of Nîmes. We all had a wonderful day exploring this historical site with Alexis!

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Arènes de Nîmes

Nîmes is the largest closest city (20km) to our little village of Sanilhac.  Nîmes has a lot of Roman artifacts and history associated with it.  One of these is Arènes de Nîmes.  The Arènes de Nîmes is a Roman amphitheater dating back to 70 AD.

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It is a magnificent structure that we drive by quite often when we are in Nîmes.  It currently will house bullfights and concerts.  There are Gladiator Games coming up in May that we would like to go see.  I love that France has history dating back to the time of Christ.

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The Arènes is in the old part of the city, which means beautiful architecture and ambiance. The streets surrounding the Arènes are filled with the “French romantic flare”!  I love it! Below are a bunch of photos we took while visiting the Arènes and surrounding streets.

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This massive fountain is found in the Esplanade just next to the Arènes.  It is the Fountain Pradier and it was constructed in 1851 out of white marble.  Aside from the large center statue, it has 4 large personages, 2 men and 2 women representing the 4 major sources of water coming into Nîmes.  It reminds me of the beautiful fountains in Rome, Italy!

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I feel so lucky to be living in this beautiful country and to be sharing these experiences with my awesome husband and children!

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Jack and Sophie were so cute holding the device for the guided tour.  They were actually listening while we were exploring the Arènes!

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This historical site is a death trap waiting to happen.  There were no railings to protect anyone from falling over the ledges or falling down the steep stairs.  We had to watch Jack and Sophie like a hawk!  When we did reach the top of the Arènes, the views were incredible!  I have vertigo so when I got to the top I had to sit down and breath deeply!  I immediately got a pounding headache and felt nausea.  It was difficult but I endured it to say I did it and I even took pictures of my kids at the very top overlooking Nîmes (with no protection from falling)!

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The church in the background of a few of these photos is the Sainte Perpétue Church. Also, Alexis loves rooftops!  Any chance she gets to capture a rooftop, she is a happy girl! I love her innocence!

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We all fell in love with the building in the back ground!  Typical French beauty!  Love, love, love!  Also, you might be wondering why all the children are not here in the photos.  Well, Julia couldn’t make it back to France for the holidays, Tristan was at school because he did not want to get behind in work and AJ was at the skate park with his roller blades!  So, it was Aaron, Alexis, Austin, Jack, Sophie and myself for this lovely afternoon!

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This Matador statue is “the” place where photos are taken.  But, the statue is a little scary if you ask me!  Maybe it is the French way of expressing love?  Or maybe his jock strap came out of position?  Weird!!!!!  LOL!