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Spending Easter in France

Giddy with excitement, we packed our camping gear and drove to southern France.

 

This trip had been planned for quite some time, in fact even before last Christmas. My husband usually spends a long weekend in Spring in the Ardèche region, where he and his fellow caving friends go spelunking. This time we were a small group of close friends. We camped, drove around the countryside, went caving, bought fresh vegetables at markets, visited beautiful cites, shared lots of laughs and good conversation and had an all-around good time.

The first few days were spent exploring the countryside. We stopped in small villages on the way, bought pains au chocolat and then baskets of fresh strawberries, peas and radishes.

The first hint of the Ardèche canyon is always the most spectacular.

 

I slipped down to the Ardèche River to take a few photographs. The light wasn't as nice as I had hoped, but it was quiet. There was a solitary fisherman up to his chest in the water and while he fished, I walked along the sandy beach for a few pictures. The river is unusually low right now and I was able to walk pretty far out into the river. I remember paddling down the river the last time, when there was much more water.

 

Moving from one campground to another, the drive down south was a very rainy affair and I stopped only once for a photograph, but there would have been plenty of scenic villages along the way. Next time...  

 

We hopped over to Avignon for a short jaunt and we weren't the only ones who had the same idea on Easter Sunday. We had hoped to visit the Palais des Papes, but the line out the door was not only too long, it would also have meant waiting in the rain. Instead, I took a few photos from the outside.

 

The Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans, was only a few minutes walk away from our campground and our first port of call on Easter Monday. I had seen pictures of it, but never imagined how large and imposing it actually was. Quite frankly, it took my breath away.

There was a festival that weekend and music was being played on the bridge. The funniest characters were the man dressed as a Roman playing the trumpet, a woman dressed as a nurse playing the drums, and the man with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth playing a drum.

 

We started with the Romans, we ended with the Romans. Our next stop with the ancient city of Nîmes, where we walked through the old amphitheater, still in use today, climbed the Tour Magne for a view of the city, and went in the Maison Carrée to watch a short film about the city. Did you know that the word denim is derived from "de Nîmes"?

Listen closely and you can hear the footsteps, the shouts, the cries, the laughter and the tears when you walk along these ancient paths. Touch the stones which have been standing for many centuries. The stories they could tell...

 

Maison Carrée, one of the best preserved Roman temples:

 

But what else does NÎmes look like?

 

One of the best surprises was the town of Uzès, which a Alex suggested we visit, and where we stopped at on the drive back home. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area and we will certainly return there the next time we are.

 

And lastly, a stop for my husband, who had wanted to visit the St. Marcel cave for a long time.

 

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 Alex' photos of our trip can be found on her website!

 

 

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Gail says:
Apr 30, 2014 04:11 PM
Well.....I might even consider camping if I could go to places like these! What a wonderful time you must have had and your photographs are stunning! And I'm sure it's even better in person. I loved the photos of the buildings and the streets, but the photos from the caves are amazing. Especially the one that looks like waves of water! Wow....just beautiful! Glad you shared your fun adventure with us!
Juliana Neumann says:
Apr 30, 2014 04:16 PM
You would have loved all the cute villages. The "waves of water" actually are pools in the cave. It's amazing.
Meradeth says:
May 05, 2014 09:31 PM
Ahhh! I want to move :) What beautiful shots (as always!) and what amazing places to visit! I have always wanted to see the Roman aqueduct!
Juliana Neumann says:
May 05, 2014 09:51 PM
Thank you!
Tracey says:
May 14, 2014 03:28 AM
Oh my my my ........ these photos are gorgeous and how lucky you are to have gone to France again!!!! I'm craving it !!!
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