Pont du Gard

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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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  • Day14


    May 31 in France

    Heute begann die Rückreise - leider - es war schon sehr schön wieder mal in der Provence. Doch einen Tag bzw. Nacht wollten wir noch bleiben. Auf dem Rückweg lag der berühmte Pont-du-Gard, das Aquädukt über den Fluss Gard bei Remoulins.

    Die Fahrt verlief problemlos auf der Autobahn Richtung Westen. In einem riesigen Supermarkt bei Avignon deckten wir uns nochmals mit Proviant ein. Dann waren wir um halb 3 bei unserem heutigen Camping "La Sousta" angekommen. Wieder alles kein Problem, wieder ein ACSI Platz, wir bezahlten nur 17€ für die Nacht.

    Nach einem ausgiebigen Mittagessen machten wir uns auf den Weg zum nahen Pont-du-Gard. Jetzt waren wir ja schon mehrfach hier gewesen, aber es ist immer wieder ein sehr beeindruckendes Bauwerk. Auch die Jungs waren schwer beeindruckt und hatten viele Fragen die wir dank Google auch gut beantworten konnten. 50 Km lang war die Wasserleitung insgesamt, und nur 24 cm Gefälle auf einem Kilometer, eine Meisterleistung zur damaligen Zeit!

    Abend beeindruckte uns dann noch lange die Generalprobe für die morgende Feuershow am Pont-du-Gard, irgendwann sind wir dann aber doch eingeschlafen..

    Route: Port Grimaud - Aix-en-Provence - Salon-de-Provence - Orgon - Avignon - Remoulins
    CP: "La Sousta" in Remoulins
    gefahrene Km: 259 - Total: 1.431
    Km-Stand: 55.342
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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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  • Day16

    Pont du Gard. Built to last.

    May 4, 2017 in France

    Romans love a good bath. And a fountain or two. Oh and it helps if one keeps the slaving masses alive. All this needs water. As I'm sure you realise, this isn't even a pont; it's an aqueduct. Over 50 km in total, it drops just 25cm per km. Kudos to roman nerds. This span, the longest of the roman ones is over 250 meters long, aka three Airbus A380s. What a testament to roman ingenuity, culture, and the power of water.Read more

  • Day16

    Pont du Gard

    April 3, 2015 in France

    "We came all this way to see an old bridge". Yes this Roman aqueduct was built almost 2000 years ago and only took 5 years. It is huge, clever, but people must have worked very hard on it. I liked climbing up high and taking photos

  • Day33

    "Look Nick, Graffiti from 1905!"

    October 13, 2015 in France

    We've got a bit of distance to travel to get the car back to Paris on Thursday so we clocked up a fair few km's today too.

    We left Nice at 12pm, which was our checkout time. Along with the fact that we had some admin to do for the next few days the bloody cleaner kept knocking on the door despite us already telling them we were checking out at 12 so we felt it necessary to use as much WiFi and stay right up until the last minute (haha!). I also took the soap.

    Along the way we stopped at the highest aqueduct that the Romans built around 40-50 AD. It was pretty impressive and the museum was interesting, historical mass construction is fascinating and we were right into it- then all the lights went off and all the displays stopped... Apparently it closes at 6pm!
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