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Provence Itinerary

Day 4

The Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard aquaduct, ProvenceThis is why we left Provence, to have a look at the spectacular Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aquaduct and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We get there by tiny, tiny roads. More than anything else I try to make sure that our Chain Gang tours take you on routes that you couldn't find on your own, and this morning's ride is a bit special. But you'll forget all that when you see this amazing aquaduct.

The bridge was built by the Romans to carry water across the River Gardon to carry water to Nîmes. 275 metres long and 48 metres high, it's impossible adequately to explain how amazing the Pont du Gard is, but have a look at the photos and make your own mind up by visiting!

Next to the aquaduct is a rather lovely gift, a stand of three olive trees, each more than 1,000 years old, donated by the Spanish government. The citation offers some explanation about the suitability of such an ancient and spiritual gift to be displayed next to such a monument as the Pont du Gard. Sounds a bit soppy, but in situ it's rather nice, and you don't see 1,000 year-old olive trees everyday.

This afternoon we follow a crafty route of staggering genius to arrive in Beaucaire on the banks of the river Rhone, but en route we'll be in the wilds of the French countryside, beautiful.

Beaucaire is a port, facing Tarascon on the oppisite bank. The canal that enters the Rhone will take you all the way through Toulouse and Bordeaux to the Atlantic ocean. That's quite a canal. Tonight we're at the Hotel Les Doctrinaires. We ate beautifully last night - tonight is better.

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