Down south

Arles 

  • A city and commune in the south of France in the Bouches-du-Rhone.
  • Known to be a place where Van Gogh got a lot of his inspiration.
  • The Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh, lived in Arles from 1888-89 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during that time.
  • An international photography festival has been held there every year since 1970.
  • Influenced by Liturgians (800 B.C.) then later the Celtics and then became an important Phoenician trading port before being taken by the Romans in 123 B.C.

Pont du Gard

  • An ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gard River in southern France. 
  • it is a part of a 50 km (31 mile) long aqueduct that runs between Uzes and Nimes.
  • It was constructed by the Romans during the 1st century A.D.
  • It is the highest of all of the Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved after the aqueduct of Segovia.  
  • There are three rows of arches that are 160 feet high and formerly carried about 200 million liters of water a day to the fountains, baths, and homes of the citizens of Nimes.
  • The Roman engineers were very precise.
  • It was used possibly up through the 9th century A.D. well after the fall of Rome.
  • There was a lack of maintenance after the 4th century so it became increasingly clogged by mineral deposits and debris which eventually ended the flow of water. 

Cassis

  • We also spent a nice Monday afternoon in Cassis hanging out at the beach, getting a tan, kayaking, swimming, and playing.

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