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Party Time in Nimes: Jeudi de Nimes

Visit Nimes on a Thursday night during July and August if you want to see how to throw a party. Tourists, locals, singles and families join in the festivities referred to as Jeudi de Nimes that center around the ancient Roman arena and forum (Maison Carrée).

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Maison Carrée

 This visit to Jeudi de Nimes 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.

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80’s Rock Bands

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Flamenco Band

Visit NimesThere, in the back streets of Nimes, was the event I was looking forward to seeing. 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.

Definitely a few dancers stood out from the rest

Oh, that I could learn Tango just by watching.

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 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.

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The men check out the available crop of dancers.

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Then assuming everything goes well … and everybody gets along…


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…almost all are matched up for the next Tango.

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Thursday nights won’t be the same until this Jeudi de Nimes next year. I can’t wait to visit Nimes again. Meanwhile, tango classes start in Uzes in September. Hmmm…


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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.

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