Saturday, June 4, 2011

How to Make a Bridge--French Stylee

faire le pont--making the bridge or if you like fairing le bridge
You know how when the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday or Thursday we all go back to work after?

Well, that doesn't happen here in France. This past Thursday was a national holiday to celebrate Ascension; when Jesus went back up to heaven after being resurrected on Easter Sunday. He hung around down here for 40 days before going back up to walk the golden streets of heaven. I think he stayed to celebrate Mother's Day with Mary. He is the best Son ever.

{Pont Romain, Sommieres & River Vidourle}
Nonetheless, Ascension is a public French holiday and it fell on Thursday this year. And this is where I get to my point of how the French make a bridge.
{Pont du Gard, Nimes}
The bridge in question makes a long holiday over the Friday and carries you right through the other side to Sunday. Et voila!; a four day break. We're enjoying it very much Chez Nous but it would be a bit better if the days weren't stormy and rainy and our bridge was over sun drenched beach and poolside days.
{Pont du Diable, St Guilhem le Desert}
We've gone to the Aquarium and the Olympic swimming pool and we've been having family Wii tournaments. Now we all have tennis elbow.

{Pont Romain, Sommieres}

 Happy bridge making to you wherever you are, whatever the weather.


  1. Great theme for this post, Aidan. I remember going to the Pont du Diable when I lived in Montpellier with my family in the 1970s. Have a wonderful weekend. Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

  2. Great theme for this post, Aidan. "Faire le pont" is something our PE teacher was big on at the French elementary school. I also remember going to le Pont du Diable while living in Montpellier with my family in the 1970s. Good times! Have a wonderful weekend. Hope your sun comes back soon.
    Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

  3. We have a 'bridge' here too, the 2nd of June being the 'festa della Repubblica'. The town is empty, less trafic, only tourist...but we are used to this! Nice pictures.

  4. I love how you called Jesus the best son ever... no pressure for your two whatsoever, because those are some big sandals to fill!

  5. Glad you had a nice pont. We did too, and the weather was good almost the whole time.
    Now back to reality.

  6. Aiden Ascension day is always a Thursday, so this bridge could be one to mark in your calendar for every year! As the schools don't have a holiday between Easter and the summer (like they do in UK) Ascension day is often bridged - with no school on Wed (for the littlies) it is a bit pointless going in on Friday! We love it too!

  7. Your first bridge photo reminds me of when my mom makes us make human pyramids--a long standing vacation tradition. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend despite the stinky weather!

  8. Ha! That's me, laughing at the French, who make a big deal about laicite (i.e. secular country, with absolute separation of church and state) but took to the streets when someone suggested the state shouldn't then recognize religious holidays. Because of course there would go those beloved 'ponts'...


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