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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 05:46 AM
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clock tower in Lourmarin

While in Lourmarin the clock tower was just outside my window. It rang the appropriate number of gongs each hour and then a few minutes later it repeated the process. Noone seemed to know why it did so. Do any Fodorites have the answer for me?
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 06:03 AM
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Just in case you didn't hear it the first time?
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 07:25 AM
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That's the "non-snooze" ring, giving you a few extra minutes.
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 07:29 AM
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In Switzerland that was explained as exactly why! Because the first time would get your attention, and then you could count them the second time.
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 07:34 AM
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Great answer. I had always wondered the same thing, as the church bells in the nearby village of Mirabeau do the same thing.

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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 12:55 PM
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Is this gen? We have the same in "our" French village.
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 05:51 PM
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I think this is an old custom that is not peculiar to Lourmarin, as others noted. I think the purpose is to tell time, and the bells are repeated a few minutes later for those folks who lost track of the count or didn't count them the first time. Just a convenience, or instant replay, so to speak.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 09:14 AM
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Good point...come to think of it, we witnessed the same thing in Montpellier.
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