Pont St-Benezet, Avignon
The famous bridge, which once linked Avignon to it's neighbour Villeneuve-lèz-avignon over the Rhone, was built between 1177 and 1185, but came into being in a biblical way. A herdsman, Benedict Benezet, who had never even been to Avignon before, was sitting contentedly in a meadow tending his flock (as countrymen sometimes do, it is said) when he heard an almighty Voice from God instructing him to build a big bridge over the Rhone. Before he could say, Sorry Mate, Wrong Number, the Voice went away, and left him with his task.
Sadly for him, in 1669 a great flood came and washed away much of the bridge, making it little more than a pier. And that is what we have today.
The famous bridge at Avignon, the song that every French schoolchild knows and quite a few English ones who are learning French. Unfortunately, there was no one dancing when we visited, but it was extremely interesting to read about the history and the ceremonies and meetings that took place there over the centuries. Here are a few sites that explain more for you.
Fondest memory: Typical French countryside, fields, trees, sun garlic and excellent food.
photograph the riveting Pont du St. Benezet (Bridge).
This is the only bridge across the Rhone River for miles and miles... and miles... Lovely eh?