Pont du Gard (3/7)
From Gordes we headed west to Pont du Gard. This was really the one site in the south of France that I couldn't miss.
Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the 1st century, that crosses the Gardon river. It was once part of the famous Nimes aqueduct, a 50 km long structure built by the Romans to carry water from a faraway spring to the Roman colony of (Nemausus) Nimes. The amazing thing about the aqueduct is that it descended in height only 17m over the entire 50 km. This bridge descends by only 2.5 cm across it's 456 m length! Precision Roman engineering at its finest.
We made sure to visit on a day when the forecast was dry. I was glad to have some beautiful dark clouds, and just had to be patient and vigilant to catch the moments when the sun was low with warm light peaking through the clouds--sometimes only lasting a few seconds. I was satisfied with what I'd shot and packed up my tripod and gear to hike back down the hill and find another vantage point when the clouds suddenly parted. It lasted all of 2 minutes and then the sun didn't show it's face again. I got a few shots with blue skies and these are my favorite.
Lindsay and I sat by the river for a while looking up at the bridge as the sky grew darker. In all, it was a really fun outing. One of those places where you're in awe of the past.
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