Recently the bell in Valbonne was removed for cleaning.
There was a strange silence in the village as usually the bell rings on the hour, first for the Marie (the mayor) and a few minutes later it rings again for the people of the village. At midday and midnight it rings twenty four times and it rings every half hour. That’s a lot of bells!
The newly restored bell is now back in place and is ringing away merrily, the cleaning was very successful as the bell is much louder than it was before.
While the bell is a quintessential sound of the village, from the slightly sleep deprived it would be nice if they could turn it down a bit.