The World Class Traveler

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pont Du Gard, Lex Baux, Olive Mill Tour, Nimes

It's another beautiful day in France which makes it perfect for seeing some more Roman influences of this area.  On the World Heritage List, the Pont du Gard  is one of the oldest and most remarkable Roman hydraulic works. It is a bridge that is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50 km-long (31 mile) structure built by the Romans.

Pont du Gard
I hiked up some stairs to get a view!



Our next destination is Les Baux - de - Provence.  It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains. 
Les Baux-de-Provence is famous for its medieval hilltop castle and village carved right out of the cliff face. Cars are banned from the steep, winding streets, so you will have a brisk walk up the hill to the sights.     

The village has cute winding streets and stunning views.  


Walking around the village and checking out the cute little shops.

Had lunch at a small secluded restaurant that overlooks the whole area.

Just a note, if you can't finish your meal do not ask for a to-go box unless its pizza.  They don't have boxes.

Off to an olive mill. This family-owned business offers a wide selection of Provencal specialties in addition to their homemade olive oil and assorted derivative products, including olive oil cosmetics. The family is very rooted in local traditions and is extremely welcoming. We got a tour of the facility and got to sample the wares.

After the tour you have the opportunity to walk around the store and buy some of the olive mills famous products to take home to your loved ones.


 Then sample some of the famous flavors of the mill under the shade of fig trees.

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