07.11.2014 - 12.11.2014 12 °C
??South of France, Provence, Uzes??
We have arrived in our next destination - a very cool town called Uzes. We are staying in a really nice loft style house, right in the centre of town. It is decorated in French / Art Deco style. My auntie Jack's dream house I reckon - it is very cool?, except my little brother and I have to share a bed.
Here's what we get up to in Uzes......
I awake to Jack's nails digging? into the flesh of my back and my running gear on my bed. I Quickly get ready? and me and mum head off for our morning exercise. We run straight into the busy Saturday market that is setting up so after we finish our jog we then head back to collect the rest of the family to explore the market - it is a food feast French style. The market is big and weaves around the street and through the cobblestone paths of the medieval town. They have everything here including butchers, stalls of cheese, olives, snails, pizza of course, baguettes , fresh obese prawns and hand made chocolate....... Arghhhh where to start is the problem?.
So we gather up all of our stuff from the markets and head back to our place????. Later on after that we all went for a walk? on a quest to find our favourite bar?, it takes a while to chose but we get there in the end. Dad had planned to come to a pub to watch the All Blacks vs England??. It was a nail biting game with a biased ref who did what ever he could to give the English the win, but we still came out on top.
Uzès day two
We all wake up and want to go back to sleep? there is a big lot of rain coming over but mum still dragges me out of bed some how and makes me go for our daily run before the rain comes. Today is Sunday and a big thing they do in France is not having big dinners, but having lunch as a main meal so with all the fresh produce we gathered from the markets dad makes a nice lunch. French style. We all get dressed into our nice gear and light the candles. We have fresh goats cheese, eggplant parmigana (for mum), the obese prawns,, snails, salad, potatoes, Parma ham, sausages and chicken. This may take a while- see you tomorrow?
Uzès day three- Ponte du Gard
I awake to my cling on brother hugging up next to me?. Mum said that there were some roman? settlers in France?? near our town, and apparently they had inventing this amazing way of transporting water. So We watch a documentary on these things called aquaducts and they are pretty much amazing and here's how they work.?
An aquaduct is a rock pipeline about 2 metres high? and long and they run for miles like a pipe, but here's the most amazing thing. They didn't just go straight, they slopped down and then they went down for a bit, then up and since the speed was fast from the down, it was easy to go up again so it didn't lose height.
We finally arrived at the site- it is called Pont du Gard and it is amazing with three layers of archers to support it off the ground. And to think that they could do this, all those century's ago. The Romas were very smart!!!! And to give you an idea of the size of it..... it is 16 elephants tall And can fit three jumbo jets on top of it. We stand there for ages taking photos? of it but our day still isn't over as we are heading to Avignon.
We arrive in Avignon and walk up from our car park and find ourselves smack bang in the city centre with old historical ?buildings on one side and pizza? bars to the other. But none of us can believe the size of the giant castle that stood beyond us. It was once the home of one of the Popes - it is huge, about the size off three rugby? pitches or even bigger. It is very impressive and we climb to the top to get a great view of Avignon, which has a river running alongside if it. Some history for you, Harry style......
The castle is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe and the Pope lived here in the 13th century. He left Rome to escape the chaos there and moved in here - the place is 14 000 square meters = huge!!
See you tomorrow for a new location?.