France's Romananesque Heritage.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
Arriving in Avignon just as it was getting dark, we checked in to our budget hotel them walked about 4 kilomteres into the old walled city to get a meal. Next day we took the car in, which was a bit of mistake, as the roads are so narrow inside the city that backing up is required just to get around bends and even with a small car we were quite challenged when the street had buildings either side
Escaping the narrow cobblestone streets of Avignon, we set off to see Pont Du Gard. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an exceptionally well preserved 3 tiered Roman aquaduct built in 19BC. So long ago!! It soars 50 metres above the river and is on a huge scale. It is a popular picnic spot for the French, with a swimming beach on the river and canoeing and rock climbing activities.
After lunching at Pont Du Gard we set off for the city of Orange. Here we saw another magnificent and huge Roman theatre, this time used for opera, ballet and concerts.
The Romans loved building lasting monuments for their entertainment venues! Here in Orange we also saw a heritage listed Triumphal Arch.
One final leg of our long, long road trip in France was now left, to take us into Nice and the Avis car return depot
Our speedometer was just shy of 4,000 kilometers!
Footnote: Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments, Papel Palace of Avignon, Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) and Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the ¨Triumphal Arch¨ of Orange are all UNESCO World Heritage listed.
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