May 4, 2013 by allsho
It wasn’t long ago that I took part in another challenge featuring bridges, and you can check out here what I was able to conjure back then.
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.
As you can see, there’s not much left to do on this beautiful bridge, except for dancing. And although it’s a pity that through the centuries the lack of maintenance and the river Rhone’s recurrent floods have caused this Mediaeval artifact to lose its purpose and function, there’s always a song reminding us that which we might mistake for a stony pier is actually a bridge, and that if you can’t use it to cross from Avignon to Villeneuve (or the other way round, you must always cross the bridge the way you come to it) any longer, you can still dance.
On second thoughts, I think you wouldn’t be allowed to dance on an operational bridge, and particularly you wouldn’t have in the Middle Ages. And even if now it’s allowed, would you really go dancing on a bridge whose 18 arches out of 22 found fit to collapse?
Well, anyway: here’s Pont St-Bénézet, aka le Pont d’Avignon.