Confucius once said , "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it". I doubt he was talking about the Pont du Gard in France though.
The third stop in our summer trip was planned by my husband, MR. I don't remember how he heard of it. But since he watches lots of documentaries on line, I think it must have come from there and he made sure to include it to our bucket list of things to do.
Our day was all planned out. From the Haribo Museum (click here for the post), we drove to the Pont du Gard which was just about 20 minutes away.
Entrance fee is 18 Euros per car (maximum of 5 persons per car).
As you enter with your car, don't forget to get a ticket. There are payment machines inside the site. You can either pay at the beginning of your stay or at the end. We arrived at lunch time and we were advised to do it then as many people tend to come later.
You can either enter the site by the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) or the Rive Droite (Right Bank). I have no idea what the difference between the two are. I just followed the road signs, which brought us to the right bank.
Since we arrived at lunch time, we decided to grab a sandwich at the cafeteria. The prices were very expensive especially for sandwiches that you can find at any supermarket store. In the photo above, you can see the dining tables and chairs right outside of the cafeteria.
This moment right here is when our jaw dropped to the floor.
We were walking, the three of us, holding hands when I heard my daughter, SO, let out a "wow".
I looked up, "WOW!!!"
And it wasn't just about the aqueduct. Everything around us left us breathless. The nature around the bridge is breathtaking - the hiking trails, the calm waters of the Gardon River, the sounds of the cigale / cicada ...
We saw people swimming and enjoying the water below us. We just had to do the same. So after looking around, we finally found the way down. As we were going down, I felt like the bridge was teasing me to take another picture, which obviously I did. I've become a big fan of this Roman construction, which I think like many tourists that come to see this World Heritage Site.
Ticking one point off our bucket list :
✔ swimming under the Pont du Gard
What an amazing day to relax and admire this wonder of the world!
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