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Day 8

Nimes, France

We are off in search of Roman Ruins today. A short drive along the Rhone River brings us to the Pont Du Gard, a 60 AD Aqueduct over the river Gard. It is definitely not in ruins. It took 1000 men 12 years to build this amazing structure. That is without computer scheduling, hydraulic cranes, and a bunch of sub-contractors to blame if it goes awry. Just kidding Paul, that would never happen. We walked up and down both sides of the aqueduct while watching the Kayaks and cliff jumpers really enjoy the ancient site.

When near Roman structures, do what the natives do. We were off in search of Kayak Verte (the best looking green kayak rentals.) Voila! We were soon floating down the Gard in a single, double, and triple Kayak. The older boys were on the lookout for local French wild life. Mostly of the female hominid, half-clad variety. Soon we were back at the aqueduct. On the upriver side was a 30 foot cliff just begging to be used as a jumping off spot. No problem for John and with a bit of coaxing Paul. Mark could not be convinced that this was either a fun or good idea.

On we go under the Pont to the cliff we had all been waiting for. The initial jumps on the other side were just warm-ups. I will let Paul tell of the experience of jumping off a 50 foot cliff. All I know is that the sound of flesh on the water was quite loud! Testosterone defiantly blunted Paul, John and Craig’s survival reflexes. They all jumped, and without hearing the comment from a passing Kayak filled with teens, “We should have done it, those senior citizens did!”

All survived and we wrapped up a wonderful day.

permalink written by  pscossette on June 25, 2007 from Nimes, France
from the travel blog: The Cossette Family Sabbatical
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