Nîmes was only a short ride away, but it felt distinctly different from Arles. We noticed that each place we visited had a very unique ambience. In Nîmes, we spent the night in a hotel that was directly across the street from the arena, so when we opened our windows, we were looking right over it. We walked past the Maison Carrée, which looks like a miniature Parthenon, then we found the Temple to Diana. The ruins of the temple are in a beautiful park, and we enjoyed walking around the park and watching three different brides having their pictures taken. We had dinner on a square where there was a free folk dancing and singing performance.
When we got up on Sunday, we went to see the inside of the arena, then we ran to the station to get a bus to Pont du Gard. Pont du Gard is a massive bridge that was part of a Roman aqueduct. It is one of the tallest Roman structures, second only to the Coliseum. We wandered around the bridge for a while, then swam and hung out on the bank of the river.
Our final stop was Avignon, which was packed with people because of the theater festival. There were signs everywhere for all the different plays, and actors were walking around in costume to hand out fliers. There were tons of street performers, doing everything from classical piano to break dancing. We walked past the Palais des Papes and saw Pont St. Bénezet, but the most interesting thing about this trip to Avignon was definitely just the ambience of the theater festival.