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Pont du Gard

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Taking a break from Caesar by the Pont du Gard.

Taking a break from Caesar by the Pont du Gard.

This day we took a bus to see the Pont du Gard, which is the tallest and best preserved Roman aqueduct in the world. It was scorching as we got off the bus but it was definitely worth it. We first entered and crossed a pathway directly under the aqueduct. The view was beautiful. Then Laurent suggested we hike up to the top of it, and we complied. When we got up there it was stunning and we were able to see where the water would have gone. We explored under that tunnel and Laurent and Thomas found a small section of a cave. Intrigued by the mystery they climbed up and then suddenly Thomas jumped onto Chloe because a bat flew into him. He said it was the most frightening thing he had ever endured. We then took a short loop and went back down. We proceeded to eat our picnic lunch by the shore and after Olivia, Thomas, and Charlotte took a nap. We could not wake Olivia up from this nap. We read Caesar, which was very interesting, and then went to the Roman Aqueduct & House museum. This was a very cool museum and we got yelled at twice! (Once for walking through lowered sand in the exhibit and second for taking pictures. We then took the bus back and went to bed, exhausted but enlightened.

The next day, we visited the Palais des Papes in Avignon and sang the famous song one must sing while on the Pont d'Avignon. We closed out the day wandering through the streets of Avignon all together for the city's annual summer solstice music festival. See photos below.

The song calls for everyone to join hands and dance merrily in a circle. We did our best to follow the instructions on the wall.

The song calls for everyone to join hands and dance merrily in a circle. We did our best to follow the instructions on the wall.

Hurray for French papal history!

Hurray for French papal history!

Written by Charlotte, Chloe, Sofie & Olivia

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