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Nimes as a base?

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Nimes as a base?

I am going to Marseilles to do some genealogical research (My maternal grandfather was born there) and will spend some days in the city. I am the type of traveler that likes to base himself in a city and then, take trains or buses to surrounding destinations as day trips, so that I don't have to pack and unpack. Any views on Nimes as a base to visit Arles, Avignon, Montpelier, Aigues Mortes, and/or, any oher suggestions you guys might have are greatly appreciated. Merci Beaucoup!

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1. Re: Nimes as a base?

Nimes is a pleasant city, with good links to most of the places you mention by train and some by bus; the train and bus stations are very close together in the centre. The Roman sites actually in the city are excellent, and you're close to the wonderful Pont du Gard. There's a very reduced fare to Aigues Mortes for the summer - you don't mention when you'll be visiting.

The Nimes tourist office can be very helpful: http://www.ot-nimes.fr/index.php?id=1&L=1

The other place I would recommend as a base is Avignon, which also has lovely historical sites and good transport links: http://www.ot-avignon.fr/home-1-2.html

If you have particular interests, let us know and there might be other help we can give; it would also be useful to know what time of year you would be planning to visit.

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2. Re: Nimes as a base?

Thank you for you kind reply. I will be going the last week in November and first week of December. I do love Roman ruins and other antiquities, as well as art and music. Although I am a city person, I can appreciate the beauty of the scenery that surrounds me. I am very much of a Mediterranean person and love the sea. I assume Marseille will furnish most of that aspect of the trip. I was debating making my second base in either Avignon or Nimes, but the Eurail site has been most uncooperative in furnishing fares and schedules, even though I have plugged in "fake" dates, so that I can use the days of the week in which I intend to travel and a general idea of what to expect. Not being able to compare point to point fares with the Railpass and having no idea of what the schedules look like, has left me at a disadvantage. I will be flying into and out of Paris, which is a place where I always love to return. I am very appreciative of your time and will welcome your suggestions. Regards! Tony

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3. Re: Nimes as a base?

Maybe this link to Nick’s wonderful guide could be of help for your main journeys if you are travelling to and from Paris by train:

www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchTrain.htm

Another useful site is:

http://www.seat61.com/France-trains.htm

I don’t use trains often as we usually travel by car for long distances and by bus locally, but maybe you could try putting rail travel dates just within 3 months on your trial runs.

Also, our local bus timetables have winter and summer versions, with the summer one running at the moment; the winter timetable should be available in the autumn.

This site gives info on visiting some of the main places in the area by bus at the moment:

www.edgard-transport.fr/presentation/…

Sadly, it doesn't link to the actual timetables, so you need to go to:

http://www.edgard-transport.fr/ri/?rub_code=4

Your dates mean that your visits to places like the Pont du Gard will be less crowded - rarely deserted other than early morning or late evening, but more atmospheric I feel.

Edited: 1:13 am, July 22, 2011
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4. Re: Nimes as a base?

Je veux vous remercie pour votre gentil response!

Tony

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