Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pont du Gard, Uzes, Nimes and back

We left early this morning and went to see the Pont du Gard, a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct near the city of Remoulins.  It is made up of three stories (160 feet) of limestone that span the river Gardon.  The weather was perfect and we climbed all the way up to the top.  This is now a world heritage site and is really quite spectacular.
Then we went into Uzes but it was super busy because of the market this morning so we carried on to Nimes.  To get there you drive up through the mountains and take the Pont St-Nicholas from which I took the next picture.  (Remember that about 80% of my pictures are taken from a moving car!!  I am very impressed that my little camera is able to cope with this situation, but I apologize for any fuzziness that is the result.  Sigh.)  We found parking in Nimes and walked around for a while, and we took pictures of the huge Roman amphitheatre.  Also pretty amazing!
We decided that we were really impressed with Uzes so we went back, stopping for a picnic on the way.  The fifth picture here is looking in one of the directions from our lunch stop.   I keep having to pinch myself to remind myself that I am in the south of France.  How wonderful is that!
The last picture is from Uzes, well worth the trip back.  It is a delightful medieval city with quite a large area that cars are not allowed into.  We parked this time and walked around and had a coffee in the Place aux Herbes.  It is humbling to think of all the people who have walked those streets down through time.
The days are passing at a lovely slow holiday pace.  It's all good!  Back soon


  1. Beautiful photos of the architecture, Marny! Slow in the South of France - aah, the good life.