|The non-party crew finding other ways to have fun.|
|The Bridge of Avignon, popularized in songs.|
Although, after Venice, I was part of the group that was caught with alcohol in our room. Of course, in the words of one of the Rotarian chaperones, “Those stupid students with Vodka, that get caught, have no excuse. They are drinking to get caught. Julia, Julie, Page, and Christina getting caught with wine. Well, that is class, very well-adjusted to France, I have to say.” (Mind you, this is not a justification for getting caught with alcohol in our room, just a funny French anecdote.)
But the Rotarians have been covering for all the kids. If the bus driver found out, he would send us all
The city of Avignon sort of became a scapegoat for everyone’s problems. No one had any interest in the walled city and the Palace of the Popes, which we were scheduled to visit and explore. Everyone was angry for the restrictions, the long time we are spending in France, the disappointing Italy experience, the lack of time we had in Germany, and Austria. I suppose I sort of fell into this pattern, as well. Which is why I am pleased to tell you, that after spending the morning in Avignon, I love the city and have had an excellent afternoon exploring and discovering.
The morning the Rotary group had a guided tour of the Palace of the Popes, used in 1300’s and 1400’s, which built up the city into the walled masterpiece it is to. During that time, two families spilt Catholicism into Rome and Avignon, with two rival popes and kingdoms. The masterpiece of Avignon remains today, a walled city full of spectacular ancient wealth and history.
The Palace was incredible, and I found that the best way to enjoy was to ignore the ignorance of my group members, showing little or no respect for the religious masterpiece. Even though I myself am not interested in Catholicism, being in the Palace has given me a whole new outlook and experience to add to my beliefs on the church.
After the tour Victoira, Julia, Ploy, Chin Ting, and I set off for our 3 hours of free time in the city.
|Back in gorgeous France.|
|The bridge is amazingly beautiful in its rural decay condition.|
Is that really all Roary exchange students in Europe ever do?
Throughout the trip, we have been to Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, and the only thing that Julia really wanted to see was the Pont d'Avignon, an ancient bridge that has a famous French song written about it, that she knew from her French songs. Staying true to everyone’s wishes we decided to do the bridge with just 15 minutes left. A top the bridge, Julia dance ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’ as the song calls for, and in her eyes I saw all her dreams come true.
We have been to Venice, Milan, Munich, Paris, but sometimes the secret to a little piece of happiness
|I look like trouble. But I think I was just scheming about|
how to acquire more ice cream.
We did not care, though.