After pitching up and getting settled in Avignon, we decided to head into the town and view the famous Pont D’Avignon. The views of the bridge were excellent. However, we were very disappointed to find admission to the Pont D’Avignon cost €5.50. Many tourists, including ourselves, entered the information office and left without buying a ticket.
Avignon is a beautiful city. The tourist office has a website – here.
Entertainment at Pont D’Avignon
Outside the Pont D’Avignon information centre, there was a group of American school children and teachers who were quite disappointed at the tariff. None the less, they sang the song “Sur Le Pont D’Avignon”. I accompanied this with the dance and, according to local legend, the dancer must raise his hat. As I do not have a hat, I had gone out armed with a steamer and used this instead. I think the entertainment offered certainly made up for the disappointment the children and teachers had faced at the Pont D’Avignon. A repeat performance was required and I was photographed many times performing the simple dance steps whilst the students sang Sur Le Pont D’Avignon.
The students and teachers shouted “merci beaucoup” so I assumed they mistook me for a local!
Later in the town, I spotted some rather large toy bumble bees which appeared to sing a song. Expecting the bees to sing Sur le Pont D’Avignon I was saddened to hear just a buzzing noise – but also exchanged pleasantries once again with the teachers whom we had met moments earlier. The teachers described the students as chickens for not dancing
Passing a baker’s shop, we called in to purchase some pain au chocolate. I burst into song with the lines “puis il achete un petit pain au chocolat, aye, aye, aye, aye! This is quite a famous French song as you can hear below!