Post by Lauren
Part of our group left after a week, leaving behind Mama Mia and The Gladiator. The Gladiator had said he wanted to see the South of France so we took a road trip: SOF style.
Gabe and I tried to tailor the trip to:
-see a variety of geography
-see what was most interesting to all of us personally
-stay in financially efficient hotels. The South of France ain’t cheap.
Our first stop was at the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct near Nîmes. We knew that The Gladiator would like it because he enjoys history, particularly of ancient cultures.
The Pont du Gard was built in 19 B.C. It is 50 km long and has three tiers. It is remarkable site to witness and thus is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. By the way, we hit 5 UNESCO sites during the family’s time here. Gabe and I increased our total number by 3 during the family visit! Woo hoo.
The Pont du Gard was designed to carry water to the fountains and baths of Nîmes, estimated 44 million gallons/day. It is noted that Augustus’s son-in-law, Agrippa, was likely in charge of the design and execution as his aide and magistrate of water supply.
We had a sunny day. However, it was incredibly windy. We had brought a picnic to enjoy in view of Pont du Gard and had a hard time tying everything down while we ate. Being the only one without sunglasses, I accumulated lots of Roman dust in my eyes which I had to flush out in the restroom of the tourist office.
My french tutor attributed the wind to “le mistral” the wind current along the Rhone river.
If you are touring Provence, this is a worthwhile stop. Just be prepared for le mistral!