We didn’t visit Nimes by design; rather, the absolute unavailability of accommodation in Avignon – due to its major arts festival - forced our hand. Nimes being less than an hour away, and by all accounts not an unpleasant place, we thought it would make a convenient base to explore Avignon. In the end, it became an even more convenient base simply to explore Nimes.
My favourite fact about Nimes is one Justin told me – it’s where denim comes from: “De Nimes”. Denim is probably the world’s foremost fabric, having become pretty much part of every echelon of life. I read a report once from someone who had sat in coffeeshops around the world and counted the people walking by, totting up the percentage that were wearing jeans. Tough job. It came to over 50% everywhere in the world he went. I like denim because you can wear jeans for many days and it seems to cope with spillages; also it deals with fading so well it’s designed to look faded. The ultimate lazy garment that somehow has become fashionable: that’s my sort of trouser.