I'm back! Between the lead up to and after-math of the election, I haven't been in the mood to blog very much. But, we are about to head out on a trip to Europe, so I figured I should get back on here and finish up blogging our last trip in France before then. So here we go, Provence Day 3!
On day 3, we packed up our things and left Avignon. Our first stop on the road was at Pont-du-Gard, which is the remains of a Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the nearby town of Nimes. The aqueduct was 30 miles long and mostly underground, but is visible where it had to cross a canyon on the way to Nimes. The French have built a park around the aqueduct, so it is not immediately visible from a road. Instead, you park and walk walk up to the structure, which is awe inspiring, especially when you consider that it was built in 19 B.C. and is still standing. Other than the section where the water ran through, the structure was built without any mortar and is a true testament to the brilliance of Roman engineering.
The space around Pont-du-Gard is really lovely. Kyle and I only had a few hours to stop, but if we went again, we would definitely plan to spend an afternoon. There is a cafe down by the aqueduct that you can eat at, but the real move is to bring a picnic and bathing suits and spend time along the banks of the river. A lot of families were swimming and sunbathing; it looked wonderful.
After seeing Pont-du-Gard, we headed back to our car, changed out of our sneakers and shorts in the parking lot and into outfits appropriate for a swanky lunch, and headed off to Les Baux-de-Provence where we had a reservation at L'Oustau de Baumanière.