LIFESTYLE | #TravelTuesday | Top 5 Things to Do in Nîmes, France

{ I may melt…. }

I actually couldn’t sleep last night, because I was thinking of all of the amazing things we’re going to experience on our impending vacation. We only have one more Monday to go before heading out, and I couldn’t be more excited. Recently I have noticed how smokin’ hot it is in Nîmes – and almost how nervous I am to be diving in to that. But then I remembered all of the places one can go to escape the heat, cool off, and relax…. none other than not is air conditioning. If you go to Nîmes, make sure you have A/C!!!

Here are my top 5 things to do in Nîmes, France. Our home away from home. 🙂

1 Visit Les Halles de Nîmes in the morning. Pick up some cheese, a selection of cured meats, delicious fruit, and some Heirloom tomatoes, and have a cheeky glass of pression (draft beer) at the comptoir. You’re going to find a place to eat this food… don’t worry. And you’re also going to want to grab a bottle of wine. 

2 Pack said picnic, and hike up to the Tour Magne. Park it on a picnic bench, or bring your own Provençal print blanket to sit on. Relax in a sea of 2,000 year old history. 

3 Drive to one of the many vineyards and wineries in the region. If you want a little more adventure, and potentially a heftier price tag, venture up to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Our pick is Château de Campuget. Not only do they have some of the best wines, I’ve ever tried, but they also have a little farmers market in their tasting room, with fantastic fruits and vegetables. 

4 Take a drive to the Mediterranean coast. Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer is only a 45 minute drive. This quintessential French riviera coastal town is the perfect weekend getaway. Private beach clubs, and perfect seafood restaurants line the waters edge, as well as picturesque whitewashed hotels with blue shutters, and Gipsy King cover bands. What more could you want? 

5 Hop on a horse in the Camargue. A delta that houses some of the best French cowboys you’ll meet. A natural bird reservoir, home to over 400 species of birds, including Flamingos!!! Just be careful of the mosquitoes – if you’re there at the end of the summer, you’ll likely be eaten alive. Be sure to pack the bug spray. 

I’ll likely have more to add to this list after our trip this year. It’s difficult being a tourist in a place you’ve lived, but Mark and his Papa have done a great job with showing me around this beautiful area of the world. I only hope that a few of you can appreciate the beauty of this Ancient Roman town as much as I have.

Happy Adventures!

 

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