During a field trip to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse we hiked up to “The Source,” or spring, (pictured below) and then had a short class meeting in the square. The water was very vivid since the river was full of plants that turned it emerald green.
We also went to a museum devoted to Petrarch, a poet who walked the line between pinning for unrequited love and being a major creeper.
After a our field trip to Nîmes we stopped by the Pont Du Gard. It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. We swam in the river that runs under this pretty impressive piece of ancient plumbing. A few of us attempted to swim all the way underneath it, but ran out of stamina right before the arches. I slid up some slimy rocks, rested and swam back across the river to get back to our classmates.
It’s a bit nippy, but, I highly recommend taking a dip if you get the chance.
On the path leading to the Pont Du Gard is this Spanish olive tree, apparently over 1,000-years-old. It was replanted here because … trees love a change of scenery?
Our first field trip was a to Nîmes. Once a Roman city rewarded to the soldiers from the African campaigns, it has since transformed into a living impressionist painting. I hadn’t sketched in a long time and you’ll be able to see the progression from bad to better throughout the day.
Above is a place where men and beasts died. That day, a jazz band performed.
In French this “temple” is called the square house, although I would argue it is pretty rectangular.
This tower was first built by the Celtics, then refurbished by the Romans. It is very old and has a spiraling staircase inside which you may climb, for a fee.
Last fall I went to France but was too busy prancing around in my underpants* to blog about it. The next couple of blog posts will be some watercolor sketches from my quarter studying abroad at SCAD‘s Lacoste campus in Provence, France.
Here is one to set the mood:
More to come.
*And all subsequent layers of clothing.