"Cadenet" France Things to Do Tip by sim1

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  Drummer Boy in Cadenet
by sim1

Cadenet is a small town (approx. 3500 inhabitants) in the Durance valley, east of Avignon, not that far from Pertuis. In the picture you can see the statue called 'Le Tambour d'Arcole' (the drummer boy) in which you can see on the main square in Cadenet. I have a feeling this is the main attraction of the town, although there are some other things you can see here. Cadenet has 11th-century castle ruins and a 14th century church with a fine square bell tower.

I only spent a short time in Cadenet, taking a short walk around the town and of course take a picture of the statue. Cadenet is a nice little town, great to have a short stroll, but it is nothing really spectacular. What is nice is the legend that is attached to the statue of the drummer boy. The story goes that in 1796 a drummer boy crossed the river while beating his drums fierce fully. The boy drummed so convincingly that the Austrians thought that they were surrounded by the French. So due to this one young drummer boy the French quit the battle for Arcole bridge.

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  • Written Oct 10, 2005
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