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kerouac Oct 14th, 2019 06:59 AM

As I already wrote, Aigues Mortes is really worth a visit -- obviously when it is empty.

The Carrières des Lumières is most certainly worth a visit. Even when it is crowded outside, the quarry is big enough that it is not crowded inside. The main problem is finding a place to park.

cheska15 Oct 14th, 2019 09:16 AM

Yes it was hard to get a park. I do want to say how helpful French people are. As our car park was a bit tricky to get out of, a passerby stopped the traffic in both directions and explained to others why so that we could get out easily. That would never happen in Australia. We have been shown so much kindness by French people who are complete strangers who have gone out of their way to be helpful. Loving France.

Trophywife007 Oct 14th, 2019 10:31 AM

What a wonderful opportunity you have, cheska15; I envy you and will enjoy reading about your adventures as you report. Thanks for doing this.

cheska15 Oct 15th, 2019 08:43 AM

Yesterday was a domestic day in that we had to do some shopping. In our alleged but we had allowed expenditure for sheets, pillows and a bbq. The reason I say we have an alleged budget is my husband thinks we do, and I know we don’t lol. All items purchased successfully and worth noting to buy a gas bottle id is required. Currently waiting for the roast pork to cook.

Today we went on a lovely drive to Anduze and then the Bamboo Gardens. We followed the sign to Bambouseraie. Love that word.The entry fee is €11,80 pp with a senior discount of 1€ for those over 65. While it says you can walk the 2k to the gardens from Anduze it is not advisable as it could be very dangerous walking along a winding road with no footpaths/sidewalks

It is a spectacular garden, and we loved every minute we were there. The variety of bamboo is amazing, and it is so well set out and easy to walk around. The whole landscape of the gardens takes your breath away. The golden bamboo set among red Japanese maples was magnificent. The Laos Village is not to be missed as I have never seen chooks like they had there. The total visit was two hours and would have been longer if the snack bar was open. It would have been perfect to sit and have a glass of wine there.

We are finding that whenever you see something spectacular, the next day you see something more impressive.

kerouac Oct 15th, 2019 09:13 AM

That sounds like a great place to see. I have never heard of it.

cheska15 Oct 15th, 2019 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by kerouac (Post 17000896)
That sounds like a great place to see. I have never heard of it.

it is 3ks from Anduze. and so beautiful. Maybe I haven’t named it correctly

https://www.french-gardens.com/garde...lanbuisson.php

cheska15 Oct 15th, 2019 10:51 AM

sorry incorrect link posted above. This is the right one.


https://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/L...aie-bamboo.php

Underhill Oct 15th, 2019 12:39 PM

Our own stay in Nîmes was brief, as the day was very hot and windy and the town was full of people coming for a bull fight. We wanted to see the Vieux Carré on the inside but couldn't get past the large group of young people sitting and smoking pot around the outside. Next time, perhaps

StuDudley Oct 15th, 2019 02:10 PM

The last time we visited Nimes, the Maison Carree was covered with white shrink wrap. This was about 5-6 years ago.

Stu Dudley

cheska15 Oct 17th, 2019 09:29 PM


The last day of having the hire car today thank goodness as it has been at times a stressful experience. Took the 50 minute drive to Les Baux De Provence to see the Vincent Can Gough work at the Carrieres Luminers exhibition. Being a weekday there was not a queue and after paying the €12 entry fee ( one euro less for seniors) we entered. Once inside you see the dimensions of the cave, and the limestone is really beautiful. It is advisable to take a warm jacket as it can be a bit cold inside. Then the show began. The Japanese art is fabulous and you feel that you are right there beneath the ocean, in the waves, or in a tea house. This part of the exhibition lasts for about 25 mins.

Then the Vincent part of the show began. What a fantastic show this is. You feel like you are walking amongst the sunflowers, and it is done so very well going around the whole cave. The music that plays it’s the art is perfect and at times I was close to tears as it is so moving. That is not normally like me. Whenever you have exhibitions, the designers can include items not related. Not here, the way that this exhibition has been produced is so respectful of the artists work, Such a moving and memorable experience that I can’t really describe it, and my words don do it justice. All I know that this exhibition we stay with me forever and saying that I loved the whole thing isn’t enough.

We will now spend a few days around Nimes, as we have an event on Saturday that either could be very good, or one of those things when you think what on earth were we thinking.....

Coquelicot Oct 18th, 2019 03:46 AM

Way to drop a cliffhanger in a TR. Naturally I'm hooked.

Trophywife007 Oct 18th, 2019 06:45 AM

The Van Gogh exhibition you saw sounds similar to the one we saw in Paris this summer; I've never seen anything similar. Just lovely!

cheska15 Oct 19th, 2019 07:50 AM

A few days after our arrival the owner of our accommodation emailed to tell us of an event it Nimes from Friday 18 October - Sunday 20. The event is called Costieres De Nimes Toquée. There are different events on each of the days you can attend. The Friday Night was 4 different restaurants and with traditional French food from the south paired with appropriate wines. We didn’t attend this one.
Todays event was held in and old building belonging to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry with beautiful ceilings and frescoes on the walls.

On arrival you are given a program, a hat, glass and small pouch. You then have one of the five courses that is signed off in the program as you receive the meal.There is also a list of thewines that go with the each meal. A funky band was also playing. You can keep on going back for wine and you can stay the whole time from 11.00 am - 6.00 pm if you wanted to. There is no seating and it is standup eating. The cost was €35 pp.

it was a fabulous couple of hours. You get to taste the local wine and it is very good. Apparently the average price per bottle is around €6-7. We were the only non Europeans there and the local paper took our photo. Not sure whether it will make the cut.

The event is held every year at this time, and tickets usually go on sale around 3 October.

I have to say how friendly and welcoming the locals are. Every person today made us feel very welcome, and were sorry that Australia lost to England in the Rugby. Many people also acknowledged how far Australia is from here, and appeared to be happy that we have chosen Nimes to stay for so long. They winemakers also commented on how good Australian wine is ,not quite as good as French but nearly. They great thing about going on our own was that it made us talk to other people.

The event tomorrow is visiting the different wineries close to Nimes. As we don’t have a car at the moment we will not be attending. All my concerns of would we be understood, and I only drink white wine were not warranted. Another fabulous day n this beautiful country.

rhon Oct 19th, 2019 03:04 PM

Sounds like a wonderful experience. We have been lucky enough to stay in quite a few of the less well known wine areas and you get great wines at very good value. Around 5 euros is what we usually spend on wine and we like the wine co-ops and caves in some small villages. We went to a wine fair in Burgundy and the entrance got us a glass each, which we still have, wine tastings and sampling of Jambon Persillee, a Burgundian terrine. It was a great afternoon, and as you say, people are very welcoming. I am very envious.

geetika Oct 20th, 2019 02:31 AM

Am so enjoying your TR cheska, thanks for taking us along on the ride. The wine and food paring event sounds so much fun, we’d have loved it.

We unfortunately weren’t able to make it to les Baux and missed seeing the Carrières de Lumière last year, maybe when we’re in Paris next year...

cheska15 Oct 20th, 2019 04:24 AM


Originally Posted by rhon (Post 17003028)
Sounds like a wonderful experience. We have been lucky enough to stay in quite a few of the less well known wine areas and you get great wines at very good value. Around 5 euros is what we usually spend on wine and we like the wine co-ops and caves in some small villages. We went to a wine fair in Burgundy and the entrance got us a glass each, which we still have, wine tastings and sampling of Jambon Persillee, a Burgundian terrine. It was a great afternoon, and as you say, people are very welcoming. I am very envious.

rhon I know you are with me in spirit lol

cheska15 Oct 20th, 2019 04:28 AM

geetika you can never see everything. Even being here a long time there is only so much we can see. We don’t like packing and unpacking all the time. Once a month we will go away for four days. Trouble is the remaining five months will go so quick. Have just booked Lyon for 4 days next month.

Coquelicot Oct 20th, 2019 05:39 AM

Cheska, Guardian Observer travel just put Nimes in its list of top 10 autumn city breaks.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...ny-switzerland

StCirq Oct 20th, 2019 06:04 AM

Local events like that are always so heartwarming, aren't they? I think we've become a bit jaded about the wine culture here - after so many years there's only so much wine you can sample and drink, so we experiment more these days with other local brews like hydromel and a liqueur made with pear and chocolate, and some locally brewed beers. I do realize that wine is a huge attraction for visitors, though. Just not so much for us anymore. It's the same with the food. People rave, rightly so, about the food in the Périgord, but a steady diet of it will shut your arteries down and make you feel like a slug. What we wouldn't give from time to time for a nice bowl of phô or some pork and leek dumplings!

But yes, the local food events are always wonderful. There was one last night in Les Eyzies, which we didn't go to because it was pouring, with its twin city somewhere in Spain that featured paella and foie gras and pintxos and local cheeses and a fine mix of Valencian and Périgourdine specialties, plus a dance hall and fireworks. As the weather here grows colder and the harvest is done and the visitors dwindle, people find any way imaginable to socialize whenever they can, and it's always a real pleasure.

It's been a few years since I've been in Lyon, but if the city still offers the bus tours of the graffiti/murals, take it.

TDudette Oct 20th, 2019 08:17 AM

Keep em coming, cheska15!


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