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In my view nothing can prepare you for the first time you see this magnificent structure – it truly is breathtaking! Elodie picked us up in Nimes at the appointed spot and dropped us in the carpark for the trail leading to the Pont du Gard. It was a balmy afternoon and there were a lot of people making their way to the World Heritage site, probably due to the fact that there was going to be a riverside concert in the evening – a perfect place for a musical event with the Pont du Gard as a backdrop. When it came into view, we stood stock still, probably open-mouthed – no words adequately describe how stunning this structure really is. Both of us felt privileged to be able to walk over it, under it, beside it and to simply sit back and admire it, truly incredulous that it could have been engineered and constructed so long ago …..

Thinking back now with the benefit of hindsight, and having recently been privleged to visit some amazing historical sites on our recent trip to France and Italy, I think my first glimpse of the Pont du Gard garnered an overwhelming first response, much like those I experienced stepping into the tiny little church in beautiful Radicondoli, or the magnificent St Peters’s Basilica in the Vatican. See why here:

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