Loving Music

Jeudi de Nîmes: J’aime Nîmes!

Follow on Bloglovin

Every Thursday night during July and August the city of Nimes throws a party. Tourists, locals, singles and families join in the festivities that center around the ancient Roman arena and forum (Maison Carrée).

The Roman Arena in Nimes under a clear blue August sky.

The Roman Arena in Nimes under a clear blue August sky.

 

 

Maison Carrée

Maison Carrée

 

  This visit to Nimes’ Thursday event I was intent on watching the Tango exhibition. Along the way, however, there were markets; lively cafes on every street; as well as music and dancing of all sorts and origins.

(Check out the “rockers” dancing.)

 

80's Rock Bands

80’s Rock Bands

 

Flamenco Band

Flamenco Band

 

There, in the back streets of Nimes, was the event I was looking forward to seeing again. Tango dancers from around the area merged together for an evening of music that lasted until midnight. Not a moment longer. City authorities in Nimes and other towns are very strict about noise. Fines are steep for anyone who disobeys party closing times.

 

Tango Lovers

Tango Lovers

 

IMG_3673-001

 

 

IMG_3694-001

 

IMG_3677

 

IMG_3693-001

 

Definitely a few dancers stand out from the rest.

IMG_3688

 

 

IMG_3719

 

IMG_3720

Oh, that I could learn Tango just by watching.

I did learn there’s a strict Tango tradition. A woman can never asks a man to dance. It’s just not done. So women pretty much sit around the dance floor and wait until someone invites them to join them to Tango.

 

IMG_3679-001

 

The men check out the available crop of dancers.

IMG_3708-001

 

Then assuming everything goes well …

 

IMG_3709-001

 

Almost all are matched up for the next Tango.

IMG_3681

 

IMG_3669

Thursday nights in Nimes will not be the same until this time next year. Meanwhile, Tango classes start in Uzes in September. Hmmm…

 

IMG_3723-001

10502000_670947366330245_220023158419619176_n

 

8 replies »

    • The seaside towns I lived in while in SC were very active during the tourist seasons. But I’ve never experienced anything like this. Perhaps it’s because it’s all so new. Tango, bullfights, etc.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s