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Pont du Gard in Provence, Episode 65

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard photo Gilbert Bochenek
Pont du Gard photo Gilbert Bochenek

The Pont du Gard is almost 2000 years old and the biggest Roman edifice in France. It has been on the World Heritage Site for decades and, as I explain on the show, it is “almost” on the 5€ bill. It is not as much of an icon as the Eiffel Tower, but it’s way up there! There are so many things to do there that you need to plan on spending at least three hours, and I recommend most of a day if you are going to enjoy some of the outdoors activities that I discuss on the show.

Yes, it is very “touristy” (tourists by the bus-loads!) but it is not a “tourist trap”. There are no street vendors selling the same old plastic trinkets, food and drinks are reasonably priced, your ticket gives you access to most activities on the site for free.

I love the fact that it’s accessible for strollers and wheelchairs alike yet it’s a great place for active visitors. You can kayak (from the nearby town of Collias), enjoy the river beach, take a swim, or go on a hike on the GR6 between Ners and Aureille (which goes right through the bridge as you can see on the map after the fold).

To me this all spells out perfect vacation day. And, bonus, you may even learn a thing or two about the Roman Civilization and better understand this engineering feat they pulled off 2000 years ago!

Enjoy the show and have a lovely week-end wherever in the world you may be. Where are you by the way? I’d love to know in the comments!

Places mentioned in this episode: Uzès, Remoulins, Collias, Fontaine d’Eure, Nîmes, Gardon River, Mémoires de Garrigue.

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French Alps, Episode 59

French Alps, Episode 59
Cynthia Caughey
This week we head to the French Alps with tour designer Cynthia Caughey. She lives in the Alps part-time with her French husband and has come to know it very well. Her company offers two tours: one is the Alps exclusively, and the other is French Alps and Provence. On the show we discuss both and I must say they sound like fun and action-packed tours, yet accessible to all. One of the attractions they take their visitors to is the Carrières de Lumières at Les-Baux-de-Provence, which I highly recommend (lots of photos on the website).

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Cruise Tours in Provence, Episode 56

Véronique FlayolCruise tours in Provence with Provence native Véronique Flayol. She shares tales of Aix-en-Provence, King René, and the birth of the Calisson. How about a wheelchair accessible cruise tour with wine tasting and gastronomy on the side? But of course! She’s passionate and versatile, and she’ll even teach you some Provençal dialect on the way! You can contact Véronique through her website.

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