Monday, September 7, 2009

Pont du Gard

It was time to leave Pezenas and make our way back east, where the buildings are made of weathered stone and the breeze tickles the olive trees (when a Mistral wind isn't whipping them about like mad things)... where lavender scents the hills long after harvest.
But first, a stop at the Pont du Gard!
An aqueduct built by the Romans around the time of Christ, this towering bridge and its surrounding natural environs are a walker's paradise. Anyone can easily take the well paved footpath up to the Pont du Gard, walk across the bridge, and continue to explore the area on foot or bicycle. We saw families with young children, elderly folks, and middle-aged athletes alike all enjoying the day. Kayakers, swimmers and anyone with a canoe can find plenty of exercise on the Gardon river.
Anna and I enjoyed a nice long walk and took several photos.
Here's a very ancient olive tree, possibly over 1,000 years old. The tales it could tell...
Once we'd spent some time having a nice walk, we headed east again toward Anna's home in Provence. We did stop at a couple of small villages en route, including Uzes and Lussan, where we found one of Anna's favorite pottery shops: Les Ceramiques de Lussan.
Famous for its sponge-painted pea hens, this shop also offers some nicely designed pheasants, fat chickens, ducks, and other birds as well as a new line of cats, bunnies and mice. Still, my favorite remains the pea hens. So absurdly sweet and charming... check out the Web site to see if I'm right.
Once we were back at Anna's house, it was rather late but we stayed up to watch a movie and then hit the sack. Tomorrow is to be spent at home grocery shopping and cleaning house in preparation for the group of gals who will be joining us for my wire-art jewelry workshops.
Yes, they arrive tomorrow night and the next day I begin to earn my keep here by teaching seven ladies various wire jewelry techniques! I'll teach for two days, and then we'll take the weekend off to explore the area and visit a big French antiques market, eat lots of cheese, drink wine, and generally have a great time.
Then more teaching, about three days' worth, before we prepare for our return home. Hard to believe, but I'm half-way through my adventures in France.

1 comment:

justaskanna said...

we certainly covered a lot of ground and saw some fantastic places. The french seem to grow wine EVERYWHERE!!
Had some good laughs with Sharilyn.