Local traditions and culture in Avignon

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    University of Avignon and the Regions of Vaucluse

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 29, 2014

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    The University of Avignon was founded in 1303 by the Pope Boniface VIII and by Charles II, the King of Sicily, Count of Provence and Ruler of Avignon. They combined several pre-existing institutions of higher education (not only theology) to form a full-scale university as an alternative to the Sorbonne in Paris, which they considered to be too secular because it was under the influence of its “protector”, the French king Philippe le Bel.

    During the French Revolution, the University of Avignon was disbanded (along with 26 others) by a decree in 1793. After that, Avignon had no university for 170 years, until a new one was founded in 1963.

    Second photo: In the window of a university office on Rue de la Carreterie there is a text by the Franciscan monk Alvarez Pelayo, who was a papal ‘penitentiary’, meaning a prominent theologian who had been singled out by the pope for the hearing of ‘reserved’ cases in confession.

    In his book “De Planctu Ecclasiae” from the year 1327, Pelayo listed the eternal faults of students, based on his experience as a professor at the University of Perugia:
    1. They sometimes believe themselves to be superior to their masters.
    2. They want to become masters without having been faithful pupils.
    3. They attend courses but make no effort to learn anything. […]
    4. They often study things that they should better remain ignorant of: forbidden sciences, the art of loving, superstitions.
    5. Concerning obscure points, they trust their own judgment, neglecting the Holy Scripture and the canonic science, which they are not familiar with.
    6. They do not pay to their masters the fees they owe them, even when they have the means to do so.
    7. Among themselves they form reprehensible and scandalous associations, to do evil.
    8. They disobey the masters and professors of the universities and sometimes disregard the regulations that they have sworn to obey. […]

    Website: http://www.univ-avignon.fr/

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    Historical photos

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 29, 2014

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    Under the heading ‘Restoration and Revitalization of the Historic Center of Avignon’, these old photos were on display on the façade of an empty shop.

    The first photo, from the beginning of the twentieth century, shows the Saint-Bénezet Bridge on the right and the Rocher des Doms on the left, with a cluttered stretch of the river bank in the foreground.

    Second photo: This photo, taken in January 1891, shows the Rhône River completely frozen over (not something you would be likely to see today), with the remains of the Saint-Bénezet Bridge in the background.

    Website: http://avignon.midiblogs.com/archive/2013/12/03/quand-lou-coumerce-mor-lou-passat-remounta-791188.html

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    Early 20th century Ice on the Rh��ne in January 1891
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    The wind Mistral

    by malibu84 Written Jul 22, 2011

    The Mistral is "the wind that drives you crazy" !!!
    it blows by 3 days : if it blows 1 days, it blows 3 days ! if it blows 4th day, it blows 6 days...
    3/6/9/12....
    For finish, i like "Le Mistral" because it purifies the air and cleared the sky when the clouds pile up there.
    it's winter and spring it is the most strong but there is Mistral all the year.
    (I hope you will anderstand my english : half english school / half google traduction !!!

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    Have a Picnic - lunch the French Way

    by leecouk12324 Written Jul 3, 2011

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    Do what the FRench do and have a Picnic. You can often get the ingredients dring the days tour from the little villages - and buying fresh bread and produce from this places you are helping their small businesses - and i thought people extremely nice and helpful here when you are cycle touring - so i popped into one village - found the bakery and got som every lovely bread - and he came outside with me and showed me where the butchers and the Grocers was.
    Nothing beats Fresh Bread from these places by the way.

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    The song "Sur le pont d'Avignon"

    by Redang Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Maybe you have heard about this song. Would you like to sing it?

    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
    Les beaux messieurs font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    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
    Les bell' dames font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    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
    Les jardiniers font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    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
    Les couturiers font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    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
    Les vignerons font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    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
    Les blanchisseus's font comm' ça
    Et puis encore comm' ça

    The song was originally composed by Pierre Certonthe in the16th century.

    Note: Info taken from the net.

    Pont Saint B��nezet/Pont d���Avignon (France)

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    Herbs de Provence

    by cjg1 Written Apr 9, 2009

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    I'm not sure exactly what herbs are in this mixture but I do know that Liz likes to cook some incredible dishes with it. We found a nice kitchen shop in Avignon for her to purchase some jars of these herbs.

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    Weather

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 8, 2006

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    France is at its best in spring ('April in Paris', remember?), with the beach resorts beginning to get busier in May. Autumn is pleasant, too, but the days are fairly short and the temperatures get a little chilly toward the end of the season. Mid-July through the end of August is when most city dwellers take their annual vacation to usually the coasts and mountains.

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    Read the book:'The girl from...

    by Tertius Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    Read the book:
    'The girl from Avignon' before going there.
    I actually do not know if it was ever translated into English (I read it in Afrikaans), and I know it is available in French.
    There was also a French TV programme in the early eighties based on the book.
    France never seemed romantic - until I got to Avignon.

    Refer hint below that the books "Constace" and Livia" are also must reads.

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    The French here are very nice...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The French here are very nice and love telling you about their culture. This little French girl on the picture wanted us to play with her dol :) She kept giving it to us by putting it on the table or in someones lap. How cute she was, I started dreaming about having a little sister ;) My poor brother haha

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    Canned food is really good...

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Canned food is really good (nothing to do with Boyardee). If you're able to heat your meal where you stay, take advantage of this easy and delicious way to dine. Try Cassoulet, lentil with saussage or ratatouille (mix of veggies in tomato sauce). And with a little wine and some bread, you'll dine like a king...!!!

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    If you're intending to drive...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you're intending to drive around this part of France i.e. Provence/ Avignon, perhaps you'd like to take note of the following:

    (1) Before you drive, DO ask the RAC or AA for advice on special car requirements. HEAVY on-the-spot fines (to as high as US$800) can be imposed for driving offences. Not kidding. Failure to pay can result in the car being impounded. Driving licences can also be confiscated.... and without a second driver, you will definitely be unable to continue your journey by car!

    (2) DON'T leave your baggage(s), particularly your valuables, inside unattended cars. DO be wary of theft when attending to a punctured tyre or when stopping at traffic lights.... and in particular when driving cars hired in France bearing a '51' number plate.

    An ex-colleague of mine rented a car in Spain... and left his luggages inside the car while he entered a local AVIS office to return the car keys. He came out 2 minutes later and found his luggages missing! Yes, just TWO MINUTES and his luggages went missing. It was never discovered.

    Moral of the story: Better be extra-cautious than sorry!

    Photo Below: The beautiful Rue des Teinturiers area....

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    Avoid, Avoid, AVOID the...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Avoid, Avoid, AVOID the tourist shops

    Yes, it is hardly ever the tourist souvenir shops I find terribly exciting. And the things they sell there cost a bomb! What I would humbly recommend is that you head straight to the supermarkets, farmer's markets, museum boutiques, drug stores and specialty shops instead. These are the places that will offer creative treasure-trove of goodies. Really.



    When I find a shopping spot I really like, the address, telephone and fax number is noted in my journal... er, digital diary, I mean. This way, I can return on my next trip, re-order specialties by mail if necessary and I can share my best finds with girlfriends when they go off traveling.

    And finally, strike when the iron is hot!!

    What do I mean? Well, many times I would buy 2 or 3 of the same item that really catches my fancy. When I go back home to Singapore, these treasured items will be stored inside my gift drawer ready for special occasions and holiday gift-giving!! Your friends will definitely LOVE you for being so resourceful and brilliant. :-D

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    Street Performers

    by cjg1 Written Apr 12, 2009

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    There were various costumed "living statues" in the main square. One was even dressed as the Statue of Liberty.

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