September 1, 2014 (Labor Day in the USA)
01.09.2014 - 02.09.2014
Up bright and early . . . wind was slamming the shutters again. (We discovered our ghosts were shutters blowing in the wind.) It’s even windier today! We had breakfast here and set off for the Pont du Gard and actually didn’t get lost. We did arrive at a different entrance from the last time and the area is much changed. They had just opened one part of the Visitor’s Center in 2000 and now it’s all open and a museum has been added . . . not to mention they’ve paved everything.
We took the requisite photos, walked across the viaduct, visited the gallery with an exhibit of paintings by Jacques Gorde. Then went into the very well-done museum with history of the area and the aqueduct and exhibits of how it was built. We walked back to the restaurant by the abri (cave) for a badly served but adequate lunch with a great view of the Pont du Gard. The convenience and view made up for the service!
Hiked back, retrieved the car and headed toward Uzès where we found free parking. We walked up to the church, entered and photographed it and thence into Old Town where we visited an artist in her gallery . . . fun! Wandered the Old Town and stopped at a miserable excuse for a tourist office that was no help. It's the first inept tourist office we've encountered in France. Usually they are very friendly and full of great ideas. Ed found a map elsewhere and he also found a John Townsend art exhibit that we absolutely loved. Townsend uses sand and acrylic to create peaceful scenes. We met him and he explained the process to us. It was fascinating and he was a delight.
We walked around the town which was lovely but the people were not overly friendly. They do have a wonderful central Place shaded by plane trees that seems very popular. Got groceries in Casino and finally found a boulangerie for bread. Home to dinner and sleep . . . we hope! All doors, shutters and windows are secured against the unending wind.