Avignon

Europe

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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

This song from the 15th century has made a tiny little bridge one of the most famous in the world. While modern tourists look for a nice place to dance and pose for the camera on the bridge, the original song stated the location as sous le pont versus the modern version sur le pont. Which means that in ancient times, people used to dance under the bridge (which, in my opinion, makes a lot of sense, less chances of falling of a bridge…). The bridge itself is not very spectacular (and broken) and a bit of a tourist trap, imho.

The other world famous tourist attraction is the Papal Palace. Wait, why isn’t the pope in Rome (and by that, you mean Vatican City)? Well, during the 14th century, most of the popes resided in Avignon, and a total of seven popes and two antipopes have lived inside the Papal palace. This has much to do with the French king not getting along with the pope. The museum inside the palace explains in detail the conflicts between the French crown and the pope and how smart or not so smart people tried to solve the problem (I do not like the pope, so I’ll get my own).

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the Papal Palace

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