The Feria of Nîmes Pentecôte official Program 2016

The Feria of Nîmes Pentecôte official Program Feria de Pentecôte 2016   Here is the full official programme of the Feria of Nîmes Pentecôte (Whitsun), “Feria de Pentecôte 2016. This feria is one of the biggest events in France with six days of crazy festivities. The corridas are one of the main highlights besides the Pegoulade, bodegas, penas, equestrian performances, local food, flamenco concerts, abrivados, ancierros, markets and much more! Please keep in mind that this programme is just the official programme of the Feria with events organized and approved…

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Abrivado (bull-running) South of France

The Abrivado When it comes to local events from Camargue, the Abrivado is the crème de la crème. Abrivado in Provencal Language means “in a hurry, run-up, boost”. In the past the abrivado were process when the gardians, mounted cattle herdsman from Camargue, were transferring the bulls from their grazing lands to the arena. Today the abrivado became a tradition in Provence and in Languedoc where we are simulating the transfers of the bulls by letting them running in the streets, from a point to another of the city. It…

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The Feria of Nîmes (Pentecôte & Vendanges)

The Feria of Nîmes at a glance A short guide to the Feria of Nîmes The city of Nîmes is a grand tourism site and annually, millions of people flock toward this Southern France city to attend The Feria of Nîmes. The two Ferias of Nîmes, Feria de Pentecôte and Feria des Vendanges, are splendid festivals which are among the largest ones celebrated in France. Both Feria are also a famous tourism attraction for people across the world. You will literally have an out-of-the-world experience while enjoying the festivities of…

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History of Nîmes

History of Nîmes at a glance. Located near the Mediterranean Sea in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France, Nîmes is the capital city of the Gard department. This city has a very long and rich history due to its heritage from the Roman Empire. The Romans settled here when they were constructing the Via Domitia road between Spain and Rome. The coat of arms of the city, the ancients texts, sculptures and earliest coins reveal, by the abbreviation “NEM. COL” which they bear, that Nîmes became a colony of Rome around…

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Top sightseeing in Nîmes

Top sightseeing in Nîmes Monuments and buildings Arenes de Nîmes Built around AD70 this is the most preserved and stunning Roman Amphitheater in the world! A true marvel of ancient engineering perfection. It is the pride of the Nîmes inhabitants. Several time per year the arena is holding a lot events, music concert, Roman games etc… it has been a popular tourist spot for decades; the heritage site speaks volumes of how majestic Rome must have been and stands tall as an architectural wonder. This complex is undoubtedly one of…

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La Tour Magne

La Tour Magne   Located in the city of Nîmes, at the top of the boulevard Jean Jaurès, in the Garden “Le Jardin de la Fontaine”, the Tour Magne are something you must see. To access this monument you will need to get along a pleasant walk to the top of the hill of le Jardin de la Fontaine. There you will reach this stunning Roman watchtower named la Tour Magne. Please notice that along the way you can see several panels that show you the direction of the Tour…

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Le Temple de Diane

Le Temple de Diane Located in the city of Nîmes, at the top of the boulevard Jean Jaurès, in the Garden “Le Jardin de la Fontaine”, the enigmatic and romantic ruins of the Temple of Diane are something you must see. To access this monument you will have to go to the West side of the garden, just nearby the West gate. Dated from the very early Roman era, the exact purpose of this temple and the exact date when it was build up remain quite unknown, especially because there…

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Apricot Tatin Pie (Tarte tatin aux abricots)

Apricot Tatin Pie (Tarte tatin aux abricots)   This upside-down fruit tart, is yummy version of the French classic apple tarte tatin. With this recipe we add a touch of sunshine to your table by simply replacing the apples by apricots. I suggest you to read my post regarding the history and the origins of the tarte tatin here: Tarte tatin (Tatin Pie) Ingredients Puff pastry about 500g 1gk of apricots halves, drained 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter Half a cup of sugar 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon   First…

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Tarte Tatin (Tatin Pie)

Tarte Tatin The Tarte Tatin is a French classic upside-down fruit tart. Its origins especially the way it was invented is somehow not clear. Several versions are made, often by changing the tradition apples by other fruits such as apricots. It is also made with more or less caramel and cinnamon up to the mood of the chef. You can find this pie in any region and city of France. At the restaurant this is the championship when it comes to choose a quick and yummy dessert to go with…

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Brandade (a.k.a Brandade de Morue)

Brandade (salt cod fish puree)   Cod Fish?! You said Cod Fish? Here you are!!! The Brandade Where to find it: First of all and traditionally in Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon region, Gard Departement. In the Camargue region and some other places along the littoral such as Sète, Marseilles, Toulon. If there is dish that would represent Nîmes it would certainly be the Brandade. Brandade also known as “Brandade de morue” (“Morue” stand for Cod fish in French), is a typical food specialty from Nîmes and I would even say from almost…

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