Nīmes

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Lying in Provence just above the coast, Nīmes is the site of an old Roman city with many ruins remaining. In addition, Nīmes is known for its yearly Spanish flavored festivals, particularly the grand 'feria'. (2007)

The Maison Carée ("square house") is one of the best preserved columned Roman temples that remains. The old Roman arenas stand at the heart of the city. The arenas are kept in use for the corridas or bullfights held on special occasions throughout the year. For the feria, the streets are filled with food, drinks, and wild parades all leading to a grand acrobatic spectacle in the square. Out from Nimes lies another Roman ruin---the Pont du Gard, a massive aqueduct that once supplied water for the city and is a World Heritage site.