La Bastide d'Eygalieres
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What a glorious day to wake up to. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky and not a puff of wind, today is going to be awesome. We headed to Remoulins just north of Nimes to have a look at even grander Aqueduct than that at Castries and it didn't disappoint. Pont Du Gard. This piece of engineering is truly spectacular and to think that it was constructed in the years around 50AD is even more amazing and the fact that it is still standing is significant. This aqueduct ...
... occurrence in the ancient arena. We line up and purchase tour tickets and make our way down underground along the vaulted corridor out into the seating area of the arena. The tour is really a waste of time and we are not impressed as we all sit on the hard benches in the blazing sun and listen to a recording of the history of the arena. So we wander discreetly away and find a cafe for coffee and croissant.
Nimes is quite a pretty city ...
After a sleep in, a trip to the Luberon region this morning. First stop the Abbye de Sananque, near Gordes. Its a working Cistercian Monastery, so a lot of questions from the kids re what they do and why? Best answer I could give was ' they pick lavender and pray a lot', but again with the 'why?'. I gave up.
Next, after purchasing several bars of ridiculously priced monkish lavender soap, we headed ...
... excavations. The most impressive thing, I thought, was the wastewater channels that came from each house into a communal sewer, which was in turn washed out several times a year by the overflow from the town cistern during high rainfall. Incredible town planning.
Next was the St. Paul Asylum where van Gogh spent some of his last days (he died ...
We went to visit Les Baux en Provence today, which was supposedly Dantes inspiration for Hell in his 'inferno'. Guess the tourists really got to him - personally I would opt for Rome to fill that spot. It was actually pretty quiet while we were there so it didn't seem even a little hellish. Although the wild, rugged landscape may be what really caught Dante's eye.
The town sits perched ...