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Party Time in Nimes: Jeudi de Nimes

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

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 On 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, and music and dancing of all sorts and origins.

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Visit NimesThere, in the back streets of Nimes, was the event I was looking forward to seeing. Tango dancers from around the area merged for an evening of music 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 ask a man to dance. It’s just not done. So women sit around the dance floor and wait until someone invites them to join in 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 revisit Nimes. Meanwhile, tango classes start in Uzès in September. Hmmm…


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    • 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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