The Little Paris Bookshop begins in Paris where bookseller, Jean Perdu, sells books from his barge that is moored on the Seine. In the middle section of the book, Jean travels on the barge through the network of canals that connects Paris to the south of France. He ends up on the Rhone at Avignon, where he leaves the barge in the care of friends.
Avignon is of course famous for its bridge which has only four surviving arches after being damaged in numerous floods. Visitors flock to see it nonetheless because of the French children’s song which begins “Sur le pont d’Avignon…..”. When we visited Avignon a few years ago we found that the bridge also has an interesting connection with Saint Benezet, who in the 12th century, while only a shepherd boy, built a stone bridge across the Rhone.