Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus
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... ready for the afternoon tour.
We took the optional tour to the Pont du Gard. It was wonderful seeing this ancient treasure. It was interesting to learn that long after the Romans the people used the aqueduct as a road. It was a beautiful day. I wish we spent more time just sitting in the sun. Unfortunately, we went into the museum – it was by far the worst museum I've ever been ...
... to Arles for the walking tour. Van Gogh came to Arles in 1888 for his health and for the French Southern light that was loved by artists. (Unfortunately the weather wasn't giving us an opportunity to enjoy this light.) Van Gogh dreamed of starting an Artists Colony here. The only artist he eventually convinced to come was Gauguin. (Van Gogh's brother Theo also financed Gauguin's stay.) First Van Gogh stayed at a run down house then ...
... The capacity of the mills has been estimated at 4.5
tons of flour per
day, enough to supply bread for as many as 10,000 of perhaps 30-40,000 inhabitants of Arelate at that
time. It is thought that the
wheels were overshot water wheels with
the outflow from the top driving the next one down and so on, to the base of
the hill. The archaeological museum in Arles actually has models of the complex and there is a suggestion ...
... is being done to integrate modern lights and sound equipment into the current structure. Very nice Arles!
Next up was the Arena. Built at the end of the 1st century, this is where we had the gladiators, lions, bears and fans of all ages. The Arena is 136 x 107 meters and could hold 21,000 people. Once again you marvel at the stately structure inside and out. You have to wonder as you roam the seating area, how many before you walk here and ...
... at 5:30 but we chose not to stay. We walked some more and saw lots of old buildings but they seemed rather dirty though this may be due to pollution. The streets were narrow and really, really old. There were quite a few Roman ruins. However it was very hot (about 33 degrees) so we chose to return to the ship and have a drink to rehydrate. Tonight was our last dinner, an early night and up again with the sparrows to prepare for our "exciting" bus trip tomorrow. ...