24 Jul 2014

Uzes and Pont du Gard

OK I have a little catching up to do here ….. things have gotten away from me these last few months, to say the least. I have no visitors or plans for the next 6 weeks or so, so am looking forward to things slowing down, especially as the temperature is climbing and it seems summer is well and truly here.

Back in April, our village group did a day trip by bus to the village of Uzes and the Pont du Gard, north of Montpellier. A 7.30am start from behind the post office – a full bus – and we were off.

Uzes is a beautiful town, very much on the tourist map, but at that time of year not overly crowded. We had a local guide and an interesting and informative walk around. But given the distance we’d had to drive, and the fact that we had to allow 2 hours for lunch (of course), I would have like to have spent a little more time there. Perhaps another time.

So it was on to the Pont du Gard. I’d visited before but it was really just a short stop on the way back from somewhere. This time we again had a guide who had the keys to unlock the barrier and took us across the top from one side to the other. Quite a different perspective and a great view to boot.

Yep - full bus-load of us.....
Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct – 51 kms long, constructed in the 1st century to carry an estimated 200 million litres of water a day to Nimes.

This is the walkway across the top, through the viaduct itself. The bulging rock-like stuff is a build-up of calcium and mineral deposits from all the years of its use.

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