From Castillon du Gard, it was a short drive to Uzès and then down the D 979 to Nîmes. Unfortunately there weren’t many places to stop and take in the view through the Gorges of the Gardon. At least there wasn’t much traffic.
I hadn’t expected to wind up in Nîmes but spent a few hours of the afternoon in some of the city’s beautiful parks. Sometimes the best days are the ones that aren’t planned. Les Jardins de la Fontaine was one of the first public gardens, created in the 18th century by military engineer Jacques-Philippe Mareschal and architect Pierre Dardailhon by order of Louis XV. The park extends over 15 hectares and has a number of different garden spaces, including a three-level waterfall and a lily pond. I should have taken more pictures.
Sometimes you see something surprising. This gentleman appears to be a time traveler from the first half of the 20th century. It’s a wonderful thing about France that he didn’t seem out of place at all.
I heard on the news last week that 46% of the French won’t be going anywhere on vacation this summer; the figure goes up every year as fewer people can afford to travel. Those who live near places like this might find some consolation in being able to spend a few days picnicking or relaxing beneath the shade of the trees in the park. It’s not a substitute for getting away, but I can think of worse ways to spend a vacation. Thank Louis XV.