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Avignon

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  • Day50

    Sur le Pont d'Avignon

    October 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    In Avignon, we found a beautiful garden inside the medieval walls of the city, and Chloë and I danced and sang on the Avignon bridge (much to her hidden delight which looked a lot like embarrassment...). In fact, the original 16th century tune is quite different than the one we learn in Canada as children, but we stuck to our own version. We also came across a teenaged basketball tournament in front of the Palais des Papes, in the center of town. I really do love how Europe uses its public spaces!Read more

  • Day23

    Avignon, Sur le pont!

    April 10, 2015 in France ⋅

    Mum and Lurleen told me about the famous song about dancing on the Avignon bridge. It is old and a bit broken but it has seen a lot of history over hundreds of years and survived a lot of battles. Legend says it was built by magic! I liked visiting the 700 year old bridge and had an audio guide to listen to while I looked around.Read more

  • Day23

    Avignon, Palais des Papes

    April 10, 2015 in France ⋅

    We had a big day trip with Lurleen and our family to Avignon on the bus. It is much bigger than Uzes and has a wall all around it. The palace of the popes is enormous and old. The pope bought the whole city from queen Joan so they could have the palace there. I wonder how all the people would have felt! We had lunch on the roof of the palace which was awesome.

    Nannie is strong and awake but still needs the breathing tube because of her swollen throat. I can't wait til she comes home.
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  • Day154

    Avignon: Palace of the Popes

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 59 °F

    In 1309 Pope Clement V moved to Avignon to escape the protests, riots, and violence after his election. The Palace was begun and added to by the 8 succeeding popes who lived there. It is the largest Gothic building of the middle ages and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    After the popes returned to Rome, the building remained under papal control for the next 350 years, but it deteriorated. During the French Revolution, a lot of the palace was damaged. Napoleon used it for a barracks and more damage occurred. It was vacated in 1906 and was finally opened to tourists. It's been in the process of reconstruction ever since.

    This place is huge! We could never get a picture that showed how big it was from any angle. So we took a couple of pictures of the model to get a better perspective. The next day as we left town we saw it from a distance.
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  • Day154

    Palace of the Popes, Interior

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 63 °F

    We took a tour, which included the use of a tablet to explain what it was like. The inside is mostly empty now, but using the tablet, we could see how it had looked. There had been beautiful frescoes covering the walls. Many were covered over when the building was used for other purposes, but some have been restored. Pictures were not allowed of these but we managed to take a couple of pictures of the tablet showing the interior.Read more

  • Day25

    Day 25 - Transition Day

    May 10, 2016 in France ⋅

    Nimes to Avignon via a 30 minute train

    No miles riden today as I had a chilled morning exploring Nimes and visited the very impressive Roman amphitheatre which is still used today for all kind of events including bull fighting.

    From Nimes it was a short train ride to Avignon set on the River Rhone. Very interesting walled town with the huge Palais des Papes which I will explore tomorrow. Like this place and I will be using it as the starting point for about a week cycling round the southern Provence area, Mont Ventoux then down to the French Riviera.

    Time for a few beers tonight with an American and couple from Chiswick so we will see how the head is in the morning.
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  • Day26

    Day 26 - Rest Day, Avignon

    May 11, 2016 in France ⋅

    Very relaxed day off the bike in Avignon. A little wander around then most of the afternoon spent on the laptop in the cafe planning the next couple of weeks cycling around Provence and French Riviera.

    First view of Mont Ventoux today. 30 miles away and looks massive. Can't wait!

  • Day409

    Day 410: Exploring Avignon

    March 31, 2018 in France ⋅

    Up and out early again this morning, walking into Avignon. The historic centre of town is on the World Heritage list for two main reasons - the old bridge, and Pope's Palace. During the 13th century, for political rather than religious reasons, the Pope was based right here in Avignon. Mainly because the French kings didn't like Italians having influence over their subjects, and so schemed to get a series of French Popes elected.

    While the Papacy was based here in Avignon, they constructed an enormous "palace" but which is really more of a of a fortress - either way it's very impressive. There's also a nearby cathedral, and of course both are just adjacent to the bridge across the Rhone as well. We did a bunch of filming, though opted against going inside the palace since firstly dogs aren't allowed, but also because several people had commented that it was pretty bare and empty inside and vastly overpriced for what it was. And no photos of course.

    So we skipped! But we had an interesting day wandering around the old town. It was Easter Saturday so fairly quiet, but French people generally seem less religious than in other parts of Europe (eg Spain, Italy, even Germany) so it was still quite busy.

    Had a delicious lunch at a creperie which had really good reviews and deservedly so - a ham cheese and egg crepe for main and a sugar & lemon crepe for dessert. I know crepes aren't local food (they originally hail from Brittany), but they're pretty ubiquitous in France (almost as much as kebabs!). Finished off our filming by early afternoon and headed home to relax and get a bit of work done - the internet connection in our apartment is blazing fast and we intend to make use of it!
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  • Day29

    Avignon, France

    August 24, 2016 in France ⋅

    What a city. It surely shows the rich history it has, as once a dominant place in a catholic state. The whole historic center is surrounded by a medieval wall. Inside you are welcomed by the palace of the popes, a cathedral and the ruined bridge of Avignon. It was really hot though, so we took it slow. This city is a must see if you're in the area (at much colder days if possible).Read more

  • Day10

    Night in Avignon

    August 1, 2017 in France ⋅

    Avignon is definitely one of our favorite places we've been to on the trip, and was worth enduring the traffic jam. The place we stayed at was impressive, and you never would have known looking from the outside. A small square building contained a long hallway that opened up into a beautiful courtyard, with stairs leading up to a few sets of rooms. Our room was very nice as well, and we admired the stonework and general sense of history it exuded.

    I really wanted to try some more French beers, so we stopped at an outside bar to sample one.

    We walked around the city, and to the end of the Point d'Avignon. Somehow the official mistook my "can we go in" gesture for "I'm doing a bad job of it, but I'm showing you my tickets", so we saved a couple Euros and got in for free.

    We found another great little restaurant outside for our dinner and wine, and just hung out there sipping on a rosé until we called it a night.
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