Sur le Pont d’Avignon …

Dinner last night at Le Criquet was our best gastronomical experience so far! The guide books said Provençal cooking was heavy on garlic and they weren’t kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much garlic at once! And that says something.

Today we took the commuter train to Avignon then jumped a taxi for Pont du Gard, one of the finest examples of a Roman aqueduct anywhere. There was a young woman trying to find a cab at the same time and she was late. So we shared the cab dropping her off on the way. This turned out to be pretty cool because we circumnavigated the nearly intact medieval wall around Avignon and gave it us a great view of the Pont d’Avignon of French nursery rhyme fame as well. Our cabbie was very nice. It was a real luxury to see the countryside from a car for the 25 km to Pont du Gard. The bridge carrying the aqueduct across the Gardon River is massive. At 160 ft in height it is the second tallest structure built by Rome (only the Colosseum is taller). The largest arch is 80 feet tall, the largest arch Rome built. The picture doesn’t come close to doing it justice. The site also has an excellent museum describing how it was built.

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When you read the guidebooks or watch travel shows it’s easy think that you should be able to do it all and feel great the whole time. Well it ain’t so. After hiking for a couple of hours is the humid heat and not eating enough when we got back to Avignon to tour the sites I was shot. It was all I could do to wait for the train home. Kay took good care of me on the ride and fortunately a couple of drinks and salad in a café on Place du Forum back in Arles fixed me right up. I’m gonna sleep good tonight!

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4 Responses to Sur le Pont d’Avignon …

  1. Rick Maher says:

    >> I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much garlic at once! And that says something. <> the Pont d’Avignon of French nursery rhyme fame <<

    French nursery rhyme??

    • Howard says:

      Sur le pont d’Avignon
      On y danse
      On y danse
      Sur le pont d’Avignon
      On y danse dans la rond

      On the bridge of Avignon
      There we dance
      There we dance
      On the bridge of Avignon
      There we dance in a circle

      Every French school kid learns it.

  2. Rick Maher says:

    Oops, what I meant to say was …

    >> I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much garlic at once! And that says something. <<

    Not even at the Gilroy Garlic Festival? ;-)