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Most Beautiful Plumbing, Pont du Gard

No other structure in southern France is as famous as the Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard aka “The World’s Most Beautiful Plumbing System”.  The enormous bridge is part of the Nimes aqueduct, a system of over 31 miles that brought fresh water from a fresh water spring at Uzes to the Roman settlement in Nimes (Nemausus) back in the first century.

The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts (160 feet high with three levels of archways) and one of the best preserved.  After the fall of the Roman Empire the bridge served as a toll bridge, which contributed to its’ upkeep and current excellent condition.

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Avignon, France

Anyone watching the news today notices strife around the globe between civil and religious groups each fighting for power and control.  When you consider the history of Avignon you can simply apply our current political/religious situation back to the 1300’s.

King Francis IV of France was convinced Pope Boniface VIII and Benedict XI were reaching for far too much power in the civil matters of the world.  He felt their realm should be a spiritual one, and intended to keep them in check.

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Where Two Worlds Collide - Arles, France

I’ve been to several destinations where I felt two or more worlds collided, but few more profoundly than Arles, France.

Let’s begin with the world of the Romans in Arles.  If you want to see Roman ruins, there are few places with more well preserved Roman ruins than Arles.

Rome began its’ conquest of southern France (known then as Gaul) back in 125 BC.  By the time the Goths conquered Arles in 471 AD the Romans had been putting their mark on the region for several hundred years, leaving behind magnificent structures that are still in use today.

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Is European Travel Safe?

I just returned from a 12 day tour of southern France just days prior to their election.   A lot of people expressed interest in joining me but most seemed to have the same worry: “I’ve always wanted to go to Europe but I’m not sure it’s safe after seeing the news.”

I was asked “What are the odds of a terrorist attack?  Are there riots everywhere? Is it dangerous?”

Europe is a safe place to visit.  Let me explain why I feel confident about saying that.

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