Monday, January 26, 2009

Day Trip to Provence!

This past Saturday, we took 2 buses out to Provence to do some touring. Our first stop was the Pont du Gard, part of the famous Roman aqueduct built around 50 AD. It is amazing to see in person and has been well-maintained. The surrounding views, especially from on the aqueduct, were gorgeous! The next stop was the Fontaine de Vaucluse. We stopped in the surrounding village, which was a really cute, very typically french town. After a little hike, we came upon the source of the river where the water springs up from the ground. The river itself is amazing, and the area where the source is has crystal clear water. We also got to see a little kayaking competition that was going on which was pretty cool to watch. Next we went to Les Baux de Provence. There were very old remnants of houses in the surrounding mountains, and we went inside a little town contained inside walls. We could also tour the remains of the adjoining castle. Last stop was the Windmill's of Fontvielle, basically just a really old windmill but it was pretty cool. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't too great but we still had a great time. On the way home on the bus, it got so windy that all trucks were ordered to the side of the road so they wouldnt be blown over. (Apparently that didn't apply to our large buses!) But around sunset, we got to see a beautiful rainbow from end to end, a good finish to a long day.

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