Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard from a distance

To conclude the third week, we went to a World Heritage site the known as Pont du Gard.  Once we arrived after a lengthy van ride through the countryside, began the trip by ascending a set of stairs to the top of the aqueduct. Once we reach the top we were informed  that the aqueduct was built nearly 2,000 years ago and that it was built to send water from the north into Nime which still exists today. It was wisely built with a mixture of limestone, granite, and brick  which allowed to economical and safe from erosion.What I most admired about the Roman engineering was the near perfect curve that was carved near the entrance to the aqueduct which is amazing considering this was well before industrial tools. After observing its top we were able to climb a vantage point and see the horizon of Provence. There my classmate, Chad Williams launched a drone and used it to get amazing pictures of the Pont du Gard and the Gardon river that runs underneath it. Afterwards, I went with my roommate, James Snyder eating crepes and taking pictures of the olive trees while my classmates swam underneath in the river. Just like the previous trips, I left satisfied knowing that I had grown as a person from a once in a lifetime experience.

Pont du Gard from hillside
Pont du Gard from the stairs
Classmates swimming in the River Gardon

One of several old olive trees near the Pont du Gard
Classmates at the top of the Pont du Gard

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