Another good night of rest and we were all ready to continue discovering the ancient city of Nimes which is flush with Roman artifacts, ruins and sights to behold. The city made its fortune in the textile trade. You are most likely wearing a piece of this famous garment today. “Denim” means really de Nimes or translated “from Nimes”.
Of course today it is supplied worldwide from factories in third world and developing countries much cheaper than the people of Nimes could make it but the town prospered on it. Evidence are the fantastic public gardens complete with Roman watch tower “La Magne”.
Onward from there, we walked through narrow cobblestone streets to the ancient water distribution center where the water from the Pont du Gard aquaduct was routed to the various purposes. It’s is amazing to see the level of ingenuity the Romans had developed.
From there we continued our walk to the next Roman building called the “Maison Carree” or square house. It is really a temple which was recently completely restored. Back in 1998 when Greg and I last saw it, it was as black as coal from pollution.