We had heard about the outdoor concerts under the bridge during the summer, but until we got there, we hadn't realized that the Pont du Gard is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site with walking trails, a river you can swim in, little shops to browse, and a cafe to grab a bite to eat. We decided that we'd have to come back to see the bridge during the day and spend an afternoon walking and taking in the gorgeous scenery of the region.
The aqueduct was once a critical link in the series of canals that brought water from the Eure spring to Nîmes all the way into the 3rd century. Although the aqueduct served some function into the 6th century, it was largely abandoned and used primarily used as a toll bridge to cross the Gard River. It took 15 years to built the 35 arches and 275km upper tier of the aqueduct but the road bridge that you can walk across wasn't completed until 1743. It was really cool to see the the bridge and surrounding area by daylight. The sun bounced off the bridge reflecting golden light all across the riverbeds.
It turned out to be quite windy on the bridge and Ramona got really fussy in the Bjorn. We contemplated heading back to the car and calling the trip a bust, but I was desperate to not only be out of the house, but also out of Montpellier!
I sat on a bench to give Ramona a quick snack and we moved her into the stroller where she fell asleep. We were able to continue on through one of the trails that runs alongside the Gard River.
It ended up being a really nice day out with nature and fresh air. I'd love to come back here sometime when Ramona can spend the whole trip in the Bjorn so that we can explore some of the more "rustic" trails that weren't possible with the stroller. I'd also love to go for a dip in that river!
We will be back.