DDF 03 - 05 - 2010

After several hours of train rides, it was great to be able to finally get out and stretch my legs. I was looking forward to seeing Pont du Gard, an aqueduct structure that we had studied in our pre-travel class. Itís one of the most interesting structures that we see because we can instantly understand the engineering by just looking at the form. Each set of arches offsets the load from the previous set of arches until all the load is transferred to the ground. We arrived at the site of the aqueduct just before sunset, primetime for photography! We had an hour to roam around, take photographs, and sketch. I thought that we would have plenty of time to accomplish all three. Unfortunately, I had already used 30 minutes of my time before I even had walked to the other side of the aqueduct. I hurriedly rushed across the structure to take my final photographs before heading back to the bus. I was a bit disappointed that I was not able to sketch, especially since I felt I had plenty of time. Lesson learned. After the journey back to the hotel it was pretty clear that everyone was exhausted after a day of traveling. I headed straight for my room, washed my clothes, and got into bed. I instantly fell into a deep sleep. As my alarm went off awakening me from quite possibly the most comfortable rest thus far on the tour, I couldnít help but think about what breakfast would bring to the table (no pun intended). So far, we have had a mix in qualities of hotels and hotel breakfasts, ranging from slightly below average to quite amazing. This breakfast rated right at the top with a great mix of breads and meats, a good way to start off the new day.

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