Reading the Cape Gazette in the ancient city of Nimes while enjoying a family trip in France

April 27, 2024

Andrea and Ralph Prettyman of Milford, along with their son Zach Prettyman of Wilmington, enjoyed a two-week trip exploring France. It was Andrea's fourth time visiting the country and Ralph and Zach's first.  They made time to enjoy the Cape Gazette in the ancient city of Nimes before heading into the Nimes Arena for the annual Great Roman Games. The arena was built in the 1st century AD, and the Great Roman Games is one of the largest reenactments of ancient history in Europe with 550 reenactors displaying gladiatorial combat, imperial processions and chariot races. Other highlights in the south of France were the walled city of Avignon with its cobblestone streets, perfume making in Grasse, walking along the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, a boat trip through the Calanques (steep rocky coves with turquoise water) near Marseille, and watching preparations underway for the Cannes Film Festival. Kayaking under the 2000-year-old Pont du Gard was very memorable. They also fit in a day trip to Monte Carlo in the nearby tiny country of Monaco. What would a trip to France be without time in Paris?  Favorite moments were spent visiting art museums, taking a Seine River cruise, relaxing in cafes and eating lots of crepes!  

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