12 days of Christmas: day 5

This is the magnificent Pont du Gard which we visited this summer during our trip to Uzes,  to see the start of the Vuelta a Espana in Nimes. It’s an ancient Roman aqueduct, the highest and best preserved, across the river Gardon, near to the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard.  The bridge was built in the 1st century AD to carry water from Uzes to Nimes. The aqueduct fell into disuse after the fall of the Roman Empire but earned its keep as a toll bridge, an early peage! Rescued by the state in the 20th century, it’s now one of France’s most popular tourist attractions, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.