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A Visit  to the Duchy d'Uzs with Mike & Kathy
March 2001

The Duchy of Uzs, designated the first Duchy of France, with its crenellated towers and colorful tile roof...just up the street from our house. We're neighbors with a Duke!

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We climbed 140 winding, claustrophic
steps to the top of the tower...

...where we were treated to a breathtaking view of the countryside...that's the cathedral of Uzs in the background...

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The trip down was a little scary...
but kind of necessary.

Next day, up and at 'em early...always on the road if the weather's good here in the south of France...

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Braving the cool wind at the Pont du Gard, an astonishingly well-preserved Roman aqueduct just down the road from Uzs...

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...and then a quick trip to Nmes where the Health Workers' Union were having a demonstration at the Roman Arena...not sure why the bullfighter is involved...
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Inside the Roman-era arena, Mike and Kathy try to find their seats...yes, this two-thousand-year-old building still hosts all sorts of spectacles, from bullfights to concerts to ice shows. With its removable roof cover, it's all season, and holds 7,000 under cover; 18,000 as an open arena, compared to the original 23,000 capacity during the Roman days of gladiators.
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Meanwhile, at the Maison Carre, close examination reveals that it's NOT necessary for Mike to hold up the building despite thousands of years of use and erosion.


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As the afternoon wore on, we stopped to enjoy the sunshine in the Jardin des Plantes, then hiked up to take a look at the Tour Magna, a pre-Roman fortress that is all that's left of the wall that surrounded Nmes in the second century BC.

All that fresh air and time-traveling called for a serious dessert celebration at the end of the day, and so Joe divided up our delicious pastries to create a "Sampler Plate," as seen right.

 


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And the trip continues...click here to follow the Meaghers' progress!

 

 

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