Bridge of Clay and the Pont du Gard

@JudyEv (259600)
Rockingham, Australia
November 24, 2021 10:11pm CST
I’ve just finished reading ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Markus Zusak. He also wrote ‘The Book Thief’ which has won several awards and was made into a film. In ‘Bridge of Clay’, there are mentions of the Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge. It was built by the Romans in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km (31 mi) to Nîmes. There are three tiers of arches and the aqueduct is 48.8 m (160 ft) high. It carried an estimated 40,000 m3 (8,800,000 imp gal) of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of citizens living in Nîmes. It is now a World Heritage site. When we were touring France, we came across the Pont du Gard by chance. It is a highly developed tourist site now and there were many people there swimming and canoeing in the river Gardon which the bridge spans. The photo was taken by Vince, my husband.
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@LadyDuck (368862)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
As I looked at the photo I thought "this looks like a Roman aqueduct", I see I was right, they are built all with the same technique. Congratulations to Vince, this is a very good photo.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Thanks. The Romans were everywhere in those days, weren't they? And they had such sophisticated techniques.
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@LadyDuck (368862)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
@JudyEv The ancient Romans were incredibly good and they had great engineers for sure. Things changed during those centuries. (I imagine you do not know that Milanesi do not like Romans at all - I am a Milanese)
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@LadyDuck No, I didn't know that. They talk about Romans as opposed to saying 'Italians', don't they? But, like them or not, you can't deny their cleverness.
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@DocAndersen (53064)
• United States
25 Nov
ah reading is such a delight! They sound wonderful! I am working through "Lies my teacher told me"
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
His guy's books are a bit 'different'. I might read it again. I'm sure I'd get lot more from it next time around.
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@DocAndersen (53064)
• United States
25 Nov
@JudyEv those are the best books, the ones where you think about it for a long time, then have to reread it!
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@DocAndersen For me, the first time I'm anxious to find out 'what happens next'. But knowing what happens next makes it all makes sense second time around - especially with a book like this which is a bit hard to follow at times.
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@rebelann (92485)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Nov
Awesome shot of a historical wonder. Those Romans were ingenious.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It's amazing what they were able to achieve and virtually all over the world.
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@rebelann (92485)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Nov
Well, most of the known world at least, I doubt they encountered the Chinese at any time.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@rebelann That's very true. But even getting as far as York and Vienna was pretty incredible.
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@Nawsheen (28489)
• Mauritius
25 Nov
I would love to visit the place one day. Seems to be a great tourist attraction
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It is indeed. There were a lot of people there the day we were there. It was hot and many were swimming.
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@Nawsheen (28489)
• Mauritius
26 Nov
@JudyEv The perfect place to be in summer
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@BarBaraPrz (34067)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Nov
Impressive looking structure.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It takes your breath away when you first see it.
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@LindaOHio (79337)
• United States
25 Nov
Great photo. It's amazing that the bridge is still standing.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
They made things to last back then.
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@Shavkat (119530)
• Philippines
25 Nov
I have not read it but it is worth a try soon.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It is very different to many books. I didn't find it that easy to read really.
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@dgobucks226 (28695)
26 Nov
Those Romans are some architects, weren't they? Quite an impressive structure!
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
It's amazing how sophisticated they were in many respects.
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@dgobucks226 (28695)
1 Dec
@JudyEv Yes indeed!
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@thelme55 (73609)
• Germany
25 Nov
Wow! What a beautiful photo! I love it.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It is a very impressive structure.
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@thelme55 (73609)
• Germany
1 Dec
@JudyEv Yes, it is.
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@FayeHazel (37588)
• United States
25 Nov
Interesting! And great photo! Thanks for sharing
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It would probably be hard to take a bad photo of it! lol It's quite something.
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@FayeHazel (37588)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv It seems quite photogenic at that
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@Fleura (17867)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
That's an amazing aqueduct isn't it? I wonder how many of our modern constructions will still be standing in 2,000 years?
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Not too many, I would think. One of the Roman emperors was crowned in York, Yorkshire. They certainly got around.
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@Fleura (17867)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
@JudyEv They certainly did. And the rich among them put even modern billionaires in the shade.
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@Deepizzaguy (58262)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Nov
I like this story of the Bridge Of Clay. I learned something.
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I'm glad you liked it. Thanks.
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@Deepizzaguy (58262)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Nov
@JudyEv You are welcome.
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@Ronrybs (13116)
• London, England
26 Nov
Love this type of thing. Should we, from the UK, ever be allowed in France again, this is something I want to see
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@JudyEv (259600)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
France is full of amazing stuff as are most countries I guess. We loved travelling around France.
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