We last came to the river in 2001 before the season began, in April and as yet there were no guards or guides. None of the new exhibits , souvenir or food services were open. We could not go up to the third level to see the aqueduct channel. We could still walk across the river above the first level on the roadway. A few canoes were on the river....more
The Euro bankotes show a digest of typical European monuments but as it would have been a sensitive issue to choose which monuments to represent, they have made imaginary drawings. Each drawing is inspired by several European monuments. The result looks familiar to everybody but nobody can claim it is a particular monument.However, the 5 euros note...more
In 1990, that was not forbidden to visit the duct, then, we walked from one end to the other.Photo 1. If you look closely at this photo, you will notice that the duct is narrower at the bottom than on top. It was not built like that but was due to lime stone deposit that built itself along the years. Year after year, these deposits reduced the...more
Until 2000, the site was not wardened and it was possible to walk freely around, including the highest level, where runs the proper aqueduct. The duct is 1.80 m high and 1.20 m wide.Photo 1. On the northern end, the duct was not covered.Photo 2. After about 100 m , it is covered with large slates of stone.more
Along the centuries, there has been an awful lot of carvings on the stones that could be easily reached. At some places there are even technical information, used by the builders. I have not found any of them. Most carvings date back from the Middle Ages or later. Those on the photo seem to be several century old, given the style of writing.more
On top of the lowest level, a road had been built in the XVIIIth. Though the site was inscribed in 1840 on the French list of the “Monuments historiques” and in 1985 on the Unesco World Heritage list, it was used as a road until 2000, when the site was “cleaned” from every thing that spoiled the Roman edifice. It is now pedestrian only and allows...more
As much you walk towards the aqueduct, as much you have a more detailed view of its structure. Please, look at each of the four photos, one after the other!What is named the roman aqueduct of Pont-du-Gard is actually the monumental part of a 50 km aqueduct that was built around the first century AD and that lead water from near Uzès to Nîmes...more
Bathing is possible in the Gard river except when there are high waters. However, you must be advised that most of the time, the water level is very low and you should not expect to do much swimming! However, most visitors do not come to Pont-du-Gard for bathing! But when it is very hot, it might be pleasant to refresh and play in the shallow...more
Until 2000, a small road lead to the aqueduct and ran on its basement. Cars and busses parked in the close neighborhood of the aqueduct, spoiled the landscape and were even a threat for its keeping. Since 200, the road access has been closed. Two huge parking lots have been arranged, one on the south side of the Gard river (access directly from...more
This most famous "bridge" of France is nothing more - or nothing less - than a great piece of engineering, 2000 years old and still in excellent state. It forms the most spectacular part of the 50 km long construction to bring water to Nimes. A little technical detail: The difference in level is over the whole length only 34 cm on each km and it is...more
The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct in the south of France which was constructed by the Romans and located near RemoulinsThe Roman engineers who built this bridge created a technical and artistic masterpiece in the 1st century AD. The Pont du Gard is a three level bridge which stands almost 50m high 275m long.more
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...more
The access to Pont-du-Gard aqueduct is easy if you drive your car. Drive the A9/E15 autoroute La Languedocienne from Orange to Nîmes and Montpellier. Leave the autoroute after Avignon and before Nîmes, at Remoulins. Remoulins is only 3 km out of the autoroute. Pont-du-Gard aqueduct is 5 km further Remoulins and is well signposted.more
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in France generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...more
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
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...more
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,-...more
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...more
It was the aim of the EURO banknotes to show bridges and doors from different historical periods. They should stand as symbols for the open doors and bridges closing the gaps in Europe (but for most non-Europeans Europe appears as having closed doors and the bridges being open drawbridges). It was not the aim of the designer of the EURO bills to...more
We had a sandwich, sitting outside with a nice view on the bridge and the Gardon. Tables and chairs are at your disposal. A sandwich costs +/- 3,30 euros and a bottle of 1,5l of water 2 euros. You have to pay for the parking place (5 euros).You can also have guided tours or visit a museum.more