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    Posted July 12, 2014 by
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    Pont du Gard's Gardon River

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mskents and her husband got to see the Pont du Gard aquaducts and the Gardon River during a trip to the south of France over the summer. She says the river is special to her because of its history. Seeing people playing in the water in the shadows of the ancient Roman architecture linked past and present for her.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    The Gardon River flows under the ancient Roman aqueduct bridge called Pont du Gard in southern France or Provence. It is my favorite river because it connects the past with the present. The structure was built so Romans could carry water from a spring at Uzes, a Roman colony of Nimes. It was built in the 1st century AD and is the highest of all of the Roman aqueduct bridges.

    The Gardon River was alive with children screaming with delight as they jumped off the cliffs into the refreshing water. People were gliding their kayaks under the 56 feet bridge and families were enjoying picnics along the bank.

    It was an amazing experience to hear the sounds of French enjoying their day in the Gardon
    River as they looked at the three tiers of stone arches. The Roman aqueduct distributed water to fountains, baths and homes 2000 years ago. The bridge stayed in tact because of a toll taken to cross, after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Lords and Bishops were responsible for taking care of it for exchange for tolls to travelers who needed to cross the gorge. Think of all of the conversations held around the bridge and river as dress and kingdoms changed power.

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