Famous Nimes People
Antoninus Pius -
Roman Emperor - 138 to 161 AD. Fourth of the Five Good Emperors and a member of the Aurelii. His adopted father was Hadrian, his fostered sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus (all Emperors). Non Military man who built temples, theaters, and mausoleums, and promoted the arts and sciences
(1530–1600) Jean Nicot was a French diplomat and scholar.
He was French ambassador in Lisbon, Portugal (1559 to 1561) arranging the marriage of 6 year old Princess Marguerite de Valois to 5 year old King Sebastian of Portugal.
Nicot returned, bringing tobacco and snuff to the French court. Catherine de' Medici, became quickly addicted. Tobacco soon became fashionable in Paris making Nicot famous.
At first, tobacco was called Nicotina. He also wrote one of the first French dictionaries "Thresor de la langue françoyse tant ancienne que moderne "(1606).
A son of the bourgeoisie - his father, Vincent Daudet, a silk manufacturer suffered from financial failure Alphonse, began life as a schoolteacher at Alès, Gard, in the south of France. A position that he loathed - so he left to live with his brother, who was trying to be a journalist in Paris. He worked for Le Figaro, wrote plays, a volume of poetry and Morny, Napoleon III's minister, appointed him to be one of his secretaries — a post which he held till Morny's death in 1865. This security enabled him to write: "Lettres de mon moulin", "Le petit chose (1868), however in 1872 he published the famous Aventures prodigieuses de Tartarin de Tarascon, and the three-act play L'Arlésienne; and then Fromont jeune et Risler aîné (1874). With these successes, he wrote one popular novel after another, novels including Sapho (1884),and L'Immortel (1888). Often considered a French Dickens his style was often thought as "impressionist," with excellent choice of words.
Daudet enjoyed women, losing his virginity at age twelve, and then having numerous mistresses through his marriage; he contracted syphilis - dying in Paris on 16 December 1897, and buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
The nimois doctor, created the Société des Eaux Minérales, Boissons et Produits Hygiéniques de Vergèze, that was to become Perrier water.
The water was drawn from a spring called Les Bouillens, which had been in use as a spa since Roman times. Louis Perrier bought the spring in 1898 and ran a spa and then bottling the water for sale. Sir Saint-John Harmsworth, the younger brother of the newspaper magnates Lord Northcliffe and Lord Rothermere bought the spa and bottling business from Dr Perrier. Harmsworth closed the spa, as it was losing popularity and renamed the spring Source Perrier in green bottles.
He marketed the water in Britain at the time the middle classes were fashionably turned on by Frenchness - the Perrier water being advertised as the Champagne of mineral water.
Under the careful eye of Olivier Douet, and the talented taste of Stephane Debaille, this modern accented restaurant near Les Arenes, mixes red brick textures with modern paintings, in a graceful mix. Menus exhibit traditional tastes tempered with dexterity and complex rhythms. Menus from 24 euros (lunch) to 54 and 78 euros. More about Le Lisita, Nimes
Aux Plaisirs des Halles
Chef Sebastien Granier creates distinctive platters for this lovely establishment with pretty light terrace, and lush wood interior. Menus are all encompassing, with strength in fish. Menus are from 20 euros at lunch to 44 and 50 euros for gourmandes, who won't go away disappointed. More about Aux Plaisirs des Halles
Le Jardin d'Hadrian
2 steps from the Porte Auguste, this lovely restuarant has a calm courtyard with old yew, for summer dining, and an atmospheric interior with tradional fireplace, and textured walls. Christophe et Florence Aldin, have created a place to discover great food, at a reasonable price - lunches start at 15, with more serious menus at 37. The menus change frequently taking advantage from the seasonal varieties freshly bought from the market. More about Le Jardin d'Hadrian.
A refreshingly original restaurant specializing in Japanese food, from two young chefs.
Maki sushis, sashimis, yakitori - and more have excited clients for a number of years - and they keep returning!
Nimes Lifestyle and Nightlife
Nimes is well known for its fetes and special events.
The Nimes calendar includes: January : Flamenco festival (09 Janvier 2010 au 22 Janvier 2010). Fourth week before Easter: Feria de Primnavera - music and bullfighting. May: Feria de Pentecost - bullfighting, music, dancing, street markets; July: every Thursday night music and street markets in the squares. 3rd week of September - Feria des Vendanges; concerts, parades, markets, and bullfighting; also Contemporary Art Fair "Art Nim".
Nightclubs and Discotheques: Lulu Club - Gay Discotheque - Disco Funk Soul; Le Joy - house music - established in 1963! (example - November 21 2009 HedKandi); Le Victor Hugo - bar musica - chic music; Le Prolé - Music for art students, bohemian atmosphere; The Pelican, bar restaurant with music in warehouse - draft australian, irish, belgian beers; blues, jazz, rocknroll. Theaters: Theatre de Nimes. Or for something more intimate - Mobile Homme Théâtre in the Cinema: Le Semaphore - see great films in version originale.