Raj: My turn to drive yesterday as we left Barcelona and headed back to France, to Castillon du Gard, halfway between Nimes and Avignon. After 5 hours negotiating conflicting directions from the GPS vs road signs, an involuntary stop at a highway junction trying to decide which way to go (not a good look), and holding in pee until we could no longer (so we went in view of people), we finally arrived, in good time. I enjoyed driving on the toll roads and putting my foot down, although I might have been 20-30 kph over the limit for stretches due to the GPS giving a higher road speed - no wonder no one passed me! Oh well, I'll have to wait and see if the speeding ticket(s) arrive... Our new accommodation is more spacious then the last few which is great, and very comfortable (great beds). We're a few kms out of town in the country so very relaxing. The stunning weather continues and as mentioned below we had a great day at Pont du Gard, swimming for much of the day in the river. Couldn't have been better :)
Vikki: Today we spent a leisurely day at the Pont du Gard, mainly lazing by the river on a cracking hot 30+ degree day. The bridge is one of the best remaining parts of a Roman Aqueduct, built over 2000 years ago to take water from a natural spring in Uzes to the town of Nimes. It's amazingly well preserved and a beautiful backdrop to the River Gardon. A busy tourist area with hundreds of people and many swimming, we met up with a family from Auckland (who recognised the local kiwi accent) and spent the best part of the day chatting and the kids (their 2 kids were the same age as Harley & Anouk) playing. The river was stunning, a couple of areas of smallish rapids, and some big deep swimming holes. Though I hadn't planned on swimming (so hadn't put on my togs), I ended up in the water twice, dragging out kids (and one time helping out a lady) who got caught up in the rapids and couldn't get out. Happens really quickly and frightening when you see panic hit their faces. Still all ended up fine, and have done my good deed for the week.
Anouk: Today I really enjoyed going to Le Pont Du Gard. It's a bridge that the Romans built 2000 years ago. They used the bridge to pipe water along the aqueduct. Down below the bridge was a big long river that we swam in. A girl named Emma helped me build a pool and as we built it we made lots more and ended up with 8 pools. There was a small rapid going around a corner and when you slid down it, it was like a really fast water slide. Later on we bought some adult sized magnums and they were almond flavoured, they tasted great.
Harley: Today I visited the Pont Du Gard which is an aqueduct bridge. An aqueduct is a water channel that would bring water to villages and towns. The Pont Du Gard is 274 metres long and 48.8 metres high, and made of limestone. There is a river that flows under it called Gardon River. We had a play in it and I met a new friend called Sam who came from Auckland. We saw creatures in the water like trout (about 1 foot long), a frog and lots of other little fish. Also what was lots of fun was Sam and I jumping off a 3 metre ledge into the river. We also watched older kids doing back flips off another higher ledge.