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The letter "N" is for Nîmes. All who share the modern obsession for jeans owe their thanks to this city where denim fabric was created. The English word denim comes from the French "de Nîmes" (from Nîmes).
Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, Nîmes is better known for its well preserved ancient Roman buildings, like the Maison Carrée
|Maison Carrée, Nîmes|
or the Nîmes Arena.
|The Arena of Nîmes|
The amphitheatre is now used for concerts and bullfights (feria), rather than gladiator contests.
|Interior of Nîmes Arena|
|Feria Poster, Nîmes|
Black bulls from the Camargue (in the Rhone River delta) are raised for the feria.
|Posters for La Barbaude Beer, Nîmes|
The city coat of arms displays a crocodile chained to a palm tree, but you won't find any of the reptiles living nearby. The design symbolizes the Roman conquest of Egypt and is taken from coins minted in Nîmes to celebrate the victory of Octavius over Anthony and Cleopatra in 31 BC. Bronze copies of the coat of arms are set into paving stones of the old town.
|Nîmes Old Town|
|The Streets of Nîmes|
The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct built by the Romans to bring water to the city of Nîmes.
|The Pont du Gard|
I wish we could have spent more time in this interesting city. Have you been to Nîmes?