Remoulins Off The Beaten Path

  • At the overview of the entire park.
    At the overview of the entire park.
    by Jerelis
  • Sam at Pont du Gard.
    Sam at Pont du Gard.
    by Jerelis
  • Pont du Gard.
    Pont du Gard.
    by Jerelis

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    Pont du Gard – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 12, 2013
    Amazing structure.
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    Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance. From the 18th century onwards, particularly after the construction of the new road bridge, it became a famous staging-post for travelers on the Grand Tour and became increasingly renowned as an object of historical importance and I can imagine why.

    We stayed at the site for over two hours. We passed the aqueduct via the Avenue du Pont du Gard and walked our way back via the Gardon River. Being under this amazing structure really gives you an idea how huge it is. We stood there in awe to be honest. After this hike we entered the Pont du Gard aqueduct and this is also quite an experience, beautiful long views all the way around. After this we had a nice dive into the Gardon River close to the aqueduct, so this means swimming with some historical notice. On our way back to the car we passed the restaurant and tourist office, time for a drink and of course some picture postcards. Full filled with a great experience we continued our drive to Narbonne. A great spot to have a stop!

    Address: 400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210
    Directions: Coming from the highway A9, take the exit to Remoulins. Once you’re on that road just follow the signs of the Pont du Gard.

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    Pont du Gard – How about the entrance fee?

    by Jerelis Written Feb 12, 2013
    Standing at the Pont du Gard.
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    While we were walking towards the Pont du Gard we heared a lot of complaints about the entrance fee that needed to be paid. We paid €18,- for vehicle to have it parked at the parking lot. We were unpleasantly surprised by this huge parking fee. I asked someone of the administration why it was this high. He answered very politely that it is €18,- for a vehicle (up to 5 persons per car) and that this ‘parking fee’ also gives you access to the whole site and the cultural spaces (Museum, Ludo, Mémoires de Garrigue, Cinema, Exhibition and Resource center). Taking this all into account it is not really that high I guess.

    But it really doesn’t matter what you think of the fee, tourists will come and go anyway. The Pont du Gard has been a tourist attraction for centuries. The outstanding quality of the bridge made it even for the local French a must see destination, many of whom have left their names on the stonework (such a shame). Hiking towards this imposing building is quite a thrill. You can approach it via the paved road or via the Gardon River … just try both of them!

    Address: 400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210
    Directions: Coming from the highway A9, take the exit to Remoulins. Once you’re on that road just follow the signs of the Pont du Gard.

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    Pont du Gard – Bridge of the Gard.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 12, 2013
    At the overview of the entire park.
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    In the summer of 2011 we visited the southern part of France. We had stayed in Lyon for a night and were on our way to Narbonne, close to the French border with Spain. Driving over the highway A9 we decided it was time for a rest and a lunch. By that time we were close to Nimes and the exit Remoulins. Right in time to leave the highway and get on our way to Pont du Gard …literally: Bridge of the Gard.

    So what is the Pont du Gard exactly? Well, it is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Nimes. For us this beautiful historical site was ideal for a nice walk to stretch the legs and have a lunch, before getting on our way again. Once at the Pont du Gard we were pleasantly amazed by how beautiful it was right there. We learned that it is part of the Nimes aqueduct, a 50 km-long structure built by the Romans to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nimes). Because the terrain between the two points is hilly, this aqueduct bridge needed to be built to get the water there. Just walk around, have a jump in the cold river, enjoy the view at the Pont du Gard and relax and unwind!

    Address: 400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210
    Directions: Coming from the highway A9, take the exit to Remoulins. Once you’re on that road just follow the signs of the Pont du Gard.

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    Nef Solaire de Tavel

    by JLBG Written Jan 27, 2010

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    Sundial in Tavel
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    The Nef Solaire de Tavel is made of 5 gigantic sundials and was built in 1992. It stands on the “aire de repos de Tavel Nord”, along the “Autoroute La Languedocienne”, 15 km away from Orange.

    There are always at least two of them that are giving the time. Two sundials lay on the ground and three are standing high. The structure is made of 4 concrete sails. The highest is 17 meters high. The whole structure weight about 600 tons. The accurateness is around half a minute.

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