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Nîmes: Pont du Gard & evening town

Pont du Gard is a huge Roman aquaduct to bring water from Uzès to the town of Nîmes during ancient time. And I mean it’s huge, especially when you stand at its feet and look up its enormous  limestone blocks. However, that doesn’t take away from its elegance. The sun shined though its vault and printed half-moon windows on the ground.

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The road led to the bridge was full of quarry and thousand years old olive trees:

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The Gardon River gently flows through it, between two green bank, dotted by tiny white beaches that I’m sure will be very pleasant during summer:

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Flora and fauna:

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Some prehistoric cave nearby, it was next to an ice-cream shop so I think the life of those prehistoric men were not that bad:

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The evasion of the parrot-colored kayaks – event the water seemed to have colors of parrots:

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A nearby tunnel  was supposed to be a part of the aquaduct, but then abandoned:

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The ticket to the bridge also includes its small museum, exhibition and cinema. It was all worthwhile and I wished I had more time to explore them – the Pierre Parsus exhibition was absolutely vivid. The artist is still painting at 95 years old, amazing. The cinema has a real screen (not some video in the corner), with a decent movie about the Pont.

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I spent the whole afternoon at the Pont site but still regretted I didn’t have time to:

  • Do a kayak down the stream
  • Finish that movie in the small cinema
  • Walk more on the other bank

For that I’ll probably need an entire day. Bus back to Nîmes (the B21 bus transports between the town and the bridge, frequency of 1 bus/hour, the journey takes 50 mins, costs 1.5 E, not expensive at all).

The town was in dim light. From the train station, Avenue Feucheres opens wide and large into the town, leading straight to Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle with its Pradier fountain. It’s a great public space for children, football amateurs and walkers.

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Then, next to the Arena, I saw 2 tall ships quietly stationed, no doubt for the Roman Games tomorrow.

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Diner at “Le P’tit Nîmois”, in the picturesque square “Place du Marché”. I ordered gardiane de taureau (a kind of bull bourguignon, a local dish) with Camargue rice, then ice-cream for dessert. The price is okay (11.9 E in total) but the quality is nothing special.

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There were not many people on streets now, the town gleamed for its own content:

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