We drove through fabulous villages with Roman ruins and along country roads with Charolais cattle dotting the hills. Eventually we found our way to the South of France. We made a stop in a tiny spot called Mornos. It was similar to an Italian village with it’s narrow cobblestone streets and as with all villages in Europe there’s a history. From the 10th century, the Earl of Toulouse owned this picturesque medieval community.
Behind the village, on top of the cliffs are visible ruins of the fortress Mornos. The huge fortress was once one of the largest in France and the site had been occupied since Roman times. The walled old town is long and narrow, with a single street from end to end but only moderately inviting at first glance. We found it interesting. After exploring a while we enjoyed a beer and headed on down the road.
We arrived in Nîmes early evening. An amazing city !! I wasn’t expecting a Roman colosseum and a miniature Paris in unison. Beautiful parks, city canals and fantastic French Baroque architecture. The Les Jardins de la Fontaine is a 17th-century 37 acre park with structures dating back to the Roman Empire. The Magne Tower at the top of Mount Cavalier is the highest point in Nîmes. From the top of the tower the views of the city are splendid. Although the Arena of Nîmes is not as large as the Colosseum in Rome, it is still just as impressive. It was built around the end of the 1st century and is one of the best preserved in the world. It will accommodate up to 20,000 spectators and in place of gladiators, today the venue hosts bullfights, running of the bulls, concerts and historic reenactments.