The Pont du Gard
Tuesday October 31st 2006, 12:05 pm
Filed under: lulu/dogs/cats,travel and places
Whether or not you’ve seen gobs of photos of the famous aqueduct, Le Pont du Gard in southern France, I think you simply can never see enough. Sooooo…. here are some more! I sort of went a little crazy with all the shots but you’ll be happy to know that I’m only posting a fraction of the total number of photos I took.
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We were surprised to learn that the Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, from 19 BC, is the second most visited site outside of Paris; every year two million people come to visit it.

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Having a height of 157 feet, the Pont du Gard is one of the highest of all Roman aqueducts as well as one of the most well preserved in the world.

The Romans were apparently pretty obsessed with their quality of water, so it hardly phased them that the crystal clear spring water near Uzes, was in fact, 48 kilometers away. Roman engineers response: “Pfff! Piece of cake.”

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The resulting aqueduct winds around the landscape through hills and tunnels. Where the water had to cross the gorge just above the Gard River, they built the Pont du Gard.

The aqueduct is three tiers of arches made of golden stone without mortar, and while it is impressive any time of day, it is probably particularly dramatic and stunning around dawn and sunset.

pont du gard france

More info here: Le Pont du Gard

PVC The Poison Plastic
Sunday October 29th 2006, 2:43 am
Filed under: daily life,environment,politics,products,tv and movies
pvc poison plastic

From the people who brought you The Meatrix, here’s another important animated cartoon about PVC, how to spot it and why it is horribly harmful for us. Sadly, PVC is practically everywhere now, even children’s toys (that they put in their mouths!) are made out of PVC.Watch the video: PVC The Poison Plastic

Find out about alternatives to PVC: CHEJ

[via city hippy]
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More Bad English on French T-shirt But…
Saturday October 28th 2006, 12:57 am
Filed under: products,shopping

This is sort of part 2 of my post from the other day about how I found cute T-shirts with French on them. This shirt, however, is in English, and incorrect English at that, but I still find it sooooo cute! You can put the pin where it best describes your mood. It looks like the same people that brought us the ones in French. Should they stick to French? Nah!
loveling mood tshirt
Notice the apostrophe and “am” at the top – then the moods from which to choose: bad mood, good mood, loveling mood

L’expresso empoisonné
Friday October 27th 2006, 12:48 am
Filed under: games/software/tech

expressoempoisonneMore game goodness from French game developers Anode & Cathode, the same people that brought us The Museum, which I found to be lots of fun. This time it’s another point and click game involving the mystery of L’expresso empoisonné (The Poisoned Espresso) Who dunnit? No, it wasn’t George Clooney.

Play it now
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I found Cute T-shirts With French on Them!
Thursday October 26th 2006, 12:36 am
Filed under: cultural differences,shopping

Someone must have heard me when I screamed about the silly “English” on French T-shirts and how there is an obvious unexplored market of French on T-shirts. Yay. I found these cute long sleeve shirts in French. The designs are very small just below the neck (the back designs are just above the middle of the shoulder blades). I bought them for my nieces and my sister.
flowers tshirt french
(front) a little, a lot, passionately
flower tshirt french
(back) like crazy!

A little flowery cultural difference note here: You know how in the U.S. we have the “he loves me, he loves me not” thing as you remove each flower petal? In France, they remove the petals while saying, “he loves me a little, a lot, passionately, like crazy, not at all.” (il m’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie, pas du tout) I like the French version because you have more a chance of being loved, even a little!
nothing to wear tshirt france
I have nothing to wear!
love potion tshirt
(front) Love Potion
potion d'amour tshirt
(back) Love Potion…10 grams of tenderness, 5 grams of insanity, 15 grams of cuddling – all sprinkled with a pinch of jealousy