Nimes and Pont du Gard

Yesterday all 87 of us (Professors and students) took a day trip to Nimes and Pont du Gard. Nimes (pronounced without the ‘s’) is about an hour and a half drive from Lacoste. First we went to the Nimes Amphitheater. It is still used today for bull fightering. You can climb (but mostly crawl, they have some huge steps) all the way to the top of the seats and onto the ledge, where there is no railing. From the top you get a panoramic view of the city and the ferris wheel. After that we were free to roam around the city. We decided we wanted to see the Jardins de la Fontaine, the location farthest away from where we were. SCAD gave us a map of the locations but failed at putting most of the street names on it. It took us a while to figure out where we were going but finally realized we were on the road that lead to the gardens. After walking for twenty or so minutes and still not reaching the gardens, we decided to stop for some desert, before lunch (obviously). We realized, after eating that though we were on the right road, we had been walking in the wrong direction, and were practically into the city of Montepillar. We turned around and eventually made it to the gardens, which despite being winter were still quite beautiful. Then we went to the Carre d’Art, a contemporary art museum. We then managed to get ourselves lost again, getting distracted by some of the clothing shops. We made it back in just enough time to meet our group to travel to the buses.

We then took the half hour journey to Pont du Gard, a beautiful Roman acqueduct. We got to walk across the aquaduct and hiked up to the yop to see where the water used to flow through it. The Pont du Gard is settled over a river, between two mountains.  For the most part we climbed all over the rocks under the Pont du Gard and watched the river flow past as the sun was setting.

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