We had one of our first dilemmas on this trip when we arrived in Avignon as to which excursion we should choose? We had our choice of The Papal Palace or Pont du Gard – both of which have the designation of World Heritage sites.
Avignon was once an important center of the Catholic Church . It was so important that the papacy relocated here to Avignon during the 14th century. Six papal concaves were held here and led to the election of Pope Benedict XII, Clement VI, Innocent VI, Urban V, Gregory XI, and Antipope Benedict XIII. I am not Catholic and did not know that there was another location other than the Vatican that was home to several popes. So much history that I could learn but my other choice was…..
Pont du Gard is an aqueduct that’s considered a masterpiece of Roman engineering. Having worked in the school system where I lives, we studied the ancient civilizations and of course, Roman was considered one of the foremost ancient civilization. We taught about the aqueducts but I had never seen one. What finally helped me decide to choose Pont du Gard was that a friend of mine is a teacher and her students were learning about different structures. She had asked if I could send back some post cards for her students to see, ask questions about and learn about different structures.
Obviously with that request I knew our decision was made – this is what we visited: