Friday, 25 July 2014

Pont d'Avignon

I wasn't expecting much when we purchased our tickets for the Pont St. Bénézet better known as Pont d'Avignon, but with the help of the free audio guide I very much enjoyed this 'bridge'. Apparently there is a song, Sur le Pont d'Avignon, about this bridge that is still sung in French Canada that Gina was familiar with, but I was not.   There is even a dance.

The original bridge built in the 12 century, spanned the Rhone River from Avignon to Villeneuve-les-Avignon. By the 17th century there was a devastating flood that washed away much of the 22 arches, leaving only the 4 that remain today. 

We each strolled along the bridge listening to the audio guides and taking in the scenery and history. I loved standing at the end of the structure listening to the waves hit against the stone and watching people moving about on the water in boats. It was here that I had a 'pinch me' moment and had to thank my lucky stars for being in that moment with some amazing friends.

Missed it? Here are the links to my other posts about this trip.

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