Avignon : Bonjour, Bonsoir, Bonjour!
Trip Start May 24, 2010
26Trip End Jul 21, 2010
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Hotel de Blauvac
The next morning, we took a trip to the countryside to visit the Pont Du Gard – a Roman aqueduct part of a 30 mile canal providing water to Nimes from Uzes. Most of the aqueduct is underground but the Pont Du Gard was made to span a huge river gorge and contains the largest arch the Romans ever built. It was very impressive but unfortunately due to the limited weekend bus schedule we didn’t get to stay as long as we would like. If we ever come again, we’ll definitely bring a swimsuit and spend the day on the river enjoying the view.
In the afternoon, we took a quick train to the city of Nimes. The town supposedly is one of the less touristy cities in the French Provence and full of history including the Maison Carree and the arena. The ancient Roman temple called Maison Carree is one of the most complete buildings surviving from the Roman Empire and is thought to rival Rome’s Pantheon. It survived in part because of its use as a church, city hall, private stable, and archives during the revolution. Unfortunately, the sight was under renovation which we were unaware of. In Nimes, we most enjoyed seeing the city emblem around town which is a crocodile tied to a palm tree representing when Rome conquered Egypt. The crocodile is a symbol of Egypt and the palm tree is a symbol of victory. As most of the city was under construction along with the Maison Carree, we caught the first train back to Avignon. An ice cream sundae stop in Avignon made up for the little time spent at Pont du Gard and the unimpressive trip to Nimes. We closed our trip to Avignon with a tart-based dinner in a cute plaza outside of a church.