Avignon – Trois

We wanted to see the famous Pont d’Avignon (Bridge of Avignon) before we left town so, after a quick breakfast at the hotel, we wound our way down the narrow streets, back through the ramparts and into the Pont d’Avignon museum. 

The bridge, built over the mighty Rhone River in the 12th century, was often washed away by severe flooding.  Its 22 stone arches were continually rebuilt and updated until the 1660’s when the Rhone finally won, washing away all but four of the bridge’s arches. 

After a walk up yet another set of stairs, we were in the anteroom to the moat that connects the bridge to the Palais des Papes.  Here, there was a pictoral history of the bridge, showcasing the difficulties of building and maintaining this bridge.

A short walk over the moat led to the cobblestone road of the bridge. 

There’s a small railing between the cobblestones and the river…..with signs advising parents to hold their childrens’ hands.  In France, parents are responsible for their children…..so no heavy-duty fence is needed here.  If a child fell in the river and a lawsuit was filed, I’m sure the parents would be found liable for not paying attention to the signs.  It’s a different culture here…..one where people are held accountable for their actions.

There’s a small chapel in between the second and third arch, the Chapel of Saint Nicolas….the patron saint of river folk.  As if being Santa Claus wasn’t enough, now he’s my patron saint!

The bridge is familiar to many people from the children’s song, “Le Pont d’Avignon”

Sur le pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse.
Sur le pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond….

On the bridge of Avignon
They are dancing, they are dancing,
On the bridge of Avignon
They are dancing all around….

All too soon, our time in Avignon is over and it’s time to head home. 

On the way, we stopped in Montpellier to see the Version Originale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Watching it in English with French subtitles proved to be a bit disconcerting….we kept trying to read the dialog!  Otherwise, how would we have known that a wand is a “baguette magique”…..or sometimes, just a “baguette”?  Nonetheless, it was a great movie…..it’ll be hard to wait for Part Two!

Montpellier was in the process of setting up their Christmas Market…..it looks like it will have more booths than the other three markets combined…..methinks another trip to Montpellier is in our future.

Sang de Bourbe, et fier de l’être….Mudblood and proud of it!






About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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One Response to Avignon – Trois

  1. Mike says:

    Gayleen, you are really having a great time, aren’t you. I enjoy your daily posts and am envious of the great food and wine you and Craig are finding in every town you visit. Your photos help you tell the story that can later be made into a book for your children and grandchildren about your year in France. Mike

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