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  • Day411

    Another day, another batch of Roman ruins! They're scattered everywhere across this part of southern France. Thankfully for us, this batch aren't actually on the World Heritage list, just on the Tentative list, so we don't need to make a video. Even though they're scheduled for approval or disapproval this year, I've made an executive decision that we won't do videos on non-approved sites.

    Nimes is about an hour south-west of Avignon, and was quite a large and important Roman settlement. It was where the Pont du Gard aqueduct eventually terminated, so its houses and streets were full of fountains, baths and pools.

    We parked up and had a wander around. First stop was a ruined tower atop a hill which although largely dating from the middle ages, was originally part of the Roman defensive wall around the city. Fantastic views from the top, that's for sure!

    After drinking in the view we descended down into the city and headed for the Maison Carree, an old Roman temple that was repurposed into a church and thus very well preserved. Super impressive on the outside, but unfortunately we couldn't go inside as it was only used for a (historic) cinema these days and the next showing was in 30 minutes!

    So we wandered the rest of the way to the Roman amphitheatre, generally considered the highlight of the town. And yep, happy to confirm that it definitely is! It's basically a smaller-scale Colosseum, but in excellent condition - probably even better condition than the Colosseum itself. Our tickets included an audioguide so we wandered around the building, slowly listening to the commentary which was quite interesting and insightful. It was certainly very impressive, and will be interesting to see whether it makes it onto the World Heritage list. The main reason it wouldn't, really, is because there's several other Roman ruins nearby already on the list, and I think they're quite sensitive these days to criticisms of Euro-centric bias.

    Kebabs for lunch (practically the national snack food of France these days), then back to the car where we drove back to Avignon and spent the rest of the evening at home.
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  • Day408

    Day 409: Pont du Gard

    March 30 in France

    Left Nice in the morning and drove westwards - quite a long drive today, about four hours worth. Eventually we drove past Avignon and just a bit further west to the Pont du Gard, part of a large Roman aqueduct.

    Unfortunately Schnitzel wasn't allowed inside so we had to leave him in the car, but we decided to make it a fairly quick visit. The aqueduct itself is very impressive - almost 50 metres tall and over 300 metres long, and it's kind of crazy that it's survived for so long almost completely intact!

    The precision of the construction is just amazing as well, since over the 300 metres in length it drops only a couple of centimetres (enough to keep the water flowing). In fact, the full length of the aqueduct (50km), the total drop was about 12 metres which is just remarkable. Those Romans sure knew how to build em!

    Finished up our filming and headed back to the car where we drove the 30 minutes or so back into Avignon where we'll be staying for the next week as there's quite a few other WH sites nearby. Lots of traffic which was really annoying!

    Our apartment is out on the edge of Avignon, about 20 minutes walk or so from the historic centre. It's a single-bedroom apartment in a fairly new block, and should be fairly comfortable for the week. We actually didn't have particularly high hopes for this one since the photos looked quite ordinary, but we're pleasantly surprised! And the internet is blazing fast which is nice.

    So we settled in and Shandos went to the nearby supermarket to grab supplies for the week. Home-cooked pasta for dinner tonight!
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  • Day4

    Pont du Gard

    July 11, 2017 in France

    Really this was just meant as a family record of the holiday rather than a blog. We won't be going far. Tiger and I headed for the Pont du Gard whilst others were poolside or enjoying Uzes.

    Enjoyed the Pont du Gard. Lots of people canoeing and swimming. Read the history and took photos. Spookily we literally bumped into Ellie , Jamie and Albie at Carrefour. We're all in search of dairy free food for Albie.

    Claude has been summoned as the sink is blocked. He is keen to clear it au naturelle so is putting a mixture of bicarbonate and white vinegar in there. We communicate in my pigeon French. I say it may work : Claude says it most certainly will work. Two hours later he's back with a more aggressive solution.

    Another splendid BBQ after which Beth and I head into Uzes with Tiger.
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  • Day30

    Pont du Gard

    August 25, 2016 in France

    Today, we decided to take this roadtrip to a whole new level. A three hour canoe ride on the river, with oh, so beautiful view. We booked our canoe a day advance, as we didn't want the whole 'no more visitors today' story to repeat.

    The day was pretty hot and swimming in the river was just perfect! We didn't actually stoped at Pont du Gard, as we're not that much into museums, instead paddling our way through the bridge on a calm river was our plan all along. One of the best things we did on this roadtrip for sure!

    Oh yeah, on the way back, we stopped at the Haribo museum(we still don't know why it's in Uzes), skipped the museum part and went directly to the candy. I mean, who could resist those yummy gummy bears and yes, we're going on a diet as soon as we come back :)
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  • Day32

    Week #4

    August 27, 2016 in France

    It lasted about 4 weeks for us to get used to live like french do, eat until 2 and then chill until 7 (when all the restaurants opens again) and here we are, almost at the end of our journey around France. Time really goes by so fast when you're having fun!
    I'm not sure that pool is something tipically local, but we could easly got used to it 😉

    This week was all about taking it easy, enjoying the food and embracing provence hot sun. Although we love it here, we're ready to move forward and explore new things at our last France stop in Nice.Read more

  • Day2

    Bump in the night

    July 9, 2017 in France

    3.50am our bedroom door opens. It's meg- did we hear the loud bang and noise downstairs? Julian had switched the light on but wanted back up before he went downstairs. We had a look around but all seemed in order- significantly we didn't try the front door.
    Next morning we had the first detail to Intermarche to pick up supplies. Double blow of poor exchange rate and dearer prices. Also the French don't do allergies- or to dairy products anyway. Bad luck Albie.
    Joe and I walked into Uzes. Beautiful place to wander around.
    Later as we all headed for the pool I went to lock the front door but there was no outer lock. Our" bump in the night " was an attempted burglary. They had removed the outer lock with a piece of kit and julian had heard them entering the house. Call to the owner in England - my French not up to having that conversation with Claude. Said Claude soon arrives and summons the gendarmerie. Maddie very excited whilst Ellie and Jamie talk with the police family. Apparently the burglars target houses with hire cars looking for money and jewellery. To quote Jamie " they have some balls to climb the wall and go for a house with 3 hire cars outside".
    Claude tells us that there's no way to fix the lock tonight so the door is wedged firmly shut with pieces of wood.
    We have a surprisingly relaxed BBQ before heading for bed.
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  • Day1

    Two days into the holiday I start the blog. Horrendous at the airport- the Ryan air experience never fails to disappoint. On a plus note Albi slept for the entire journey. The journey to the villa was longer than it should have been as they've moved the A9 since our sat nav was updated. We lost track of the Gomersons on the way and thought that they could be a while after us only to find they were waiting with Claude to greet us. Claude shook our hands and gave us the French tour- probably managed to understand around 50%! A late supper and off to bed.Read more

  • Day3

    Day 3. No footprints really

    July 10, 2017 in France

    Splendid breakfast pastries thanks to meg and Beth taking an early morning stroll into Uzes. Very small detail -Jamie and Beth- head for Lidl towards Uzes in search of baked beans to supplement Albi's diet. The rest of us are poolside. Enter Claude stage right. Not with a locksmith but with a lock exactly the same as the one before. He leaves taking the large piece of wood which had wedged the unlocked door shut. We make a call and he returns with said wood - probably pee Ed that we don't trust the lock.
    Magnificent BBQ courtesy of Jamie.
    A lazy day.
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  • Day5

    Hello Claude

    July 12, 2017 in France

    Indeed yes he's back again. The electric has now gone off. The boys are concerned about the meat mountain in the freezer. The babies are sweating. And I was going to make a nice cup of tea to calm everyone down! Emails were exchanged with owner in England and presumably relayed as our man soon appeared. Claude did have a weary way to him today- we are taking up an awful lot of his time. Anyway this time it apparently involved chopping something off the wall in the garage and replacing it with the same (very technical). It took a few hours but I wasn't around. I was on my way to one of Frances' most beautiful villages. Lusson was very beautiful but appeared uninhabited.
    Post evening meal we all walked into Uzes into the beautiful square for a drink.
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  • Day6

    Trip day

    July 13, 2017 in France

    Tiger, Biffy and I head off for Aigues Mort pretty early. We arrive at the same time as half of France but manage to squeeze in Car Park 4. We sample some splendid ice cream- my raisins were full of rum or maybe rum essence- before we tackled the ramparts. Very impressive construction. They don't build them like that anymore. The sun did beat down but we did the mile round trip and were better informed re French history. We formed a particular attachment to Louis 1X who founded AM and banned frivolity (amongst other things).
    We then continued our trip heading for The Camargue. Our tick list was white horses, bulls, rice paddy fields and flamingoes. Sadly no flamingo spotted but white horses abounded.
    Home to find that the Blissetts had given the thumbs down to Ales but the Gomersons had loved the Pont du Gard.
    Maddie, Alice and Albie all loving the pool. Albie not so sure initially but loves it now. Wonderful to see everyone in the pool enjoy ing themselves. Maddie very keen to help joe with pool maintenance.
    Albie is suddenly sprouting hair. Is it true heat makes your hair grow faster?
    All heading for bed when the fireworks go off.
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