Day 4 | Sunday, 28 May
"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education . . .
. . . wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the
fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever
done for us?" Asked Reg in Monty Python's film, A Life of
We'll see what the Romans did for us, firstly in Nîmes and
then at the Pont du Gard - without doubt, this day is devoted to
Rome and all things Roman.
We start the day in Nîmes, with a quick coffee and
an introduction to the city from our guide, who will then provide
guided visits to the two central historical attractions - the Roman Arena, the best-preserved amphitheatre in the Roman world, and The Maison Carée, the only fully-preserved temple of the ancient
world. As with our
visit to Aix-en-Provence, we will provide a multi-attraction ticket
and a simple lunch after our guided tour and, again like Aix, we
can then explore some of the other attractions individually, at our
own pace. Of particular note are the Jardins de la Fontaine, the Temple de Diane,
in the gardens, and the Tour Magne, at
the far end of the gardens.
Late in the afternoon we visit the spectacular Pont du
Gard, some 30-minutes north of Nîmes, to see, not
just the superb aqueduct, but the fascinating museum, describing
the brilliant engineering of both the aqueduct and the water supply
that it carried.
We return to Lourmarin for a late dinner.
Today's total driving is about 150 miles/240 km