Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pont du Gard: Wednesday 22nd April 2009

This morning we visited Pont du Gard. This is apparently the 2nd most visited attraction in France outside Paris (the 1st being Mont-St-Michel which we also visited when we were in Normandy) and gets over 2 million visitors a year. They don’t charge admission but do charge 5 euro for the car park

The Aquaduct was constructed by the Romans from AD 38 to AD 52. It carried water 48km from Uzès to Nîmes. The precise engineering means it dropped 0.07cm every metre. It is almost completely intact after 2,000 years and it was built slightly curved to withstand flooding of the river Gardon. Extraordinary engineering.

It is about 4 km from our apartment and we can see it in the mornings from the bedroom window. It is not so easy to see later in the day due to the way the sun hits it.

View from our bedroom

Later in the afternoon we visited our local wine co-operative and purchased a few bottles of the local red.

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