Awaken To Historic Avignon

Bonjour mes amis,

When in the south of France, staying in or around beautiful Avignon is a must. You’ll be very impressed by this city, which is only two hours and forty minutes by high speed TGV from Paris (to the new ultramodern Avignon Gare TGV) or thirty minutes from Arles.

There’s so much to see and do here. Include in your itinerary, the World Heritage Site, Palais des Papes ( The Palace of The Popes). This fourteenth century massive stone structure, Gothic in style, has assured the safety of seven Popes who have resided there over time…

On entry, a very friendly Swiss Guard may insist upon having his photo taken …

And once you’re inside, you can peruse the maze of solid archways leading to inner courtyards and beautifully adorned frecso walls…

If you’re lucky enough to be in Avignon this July, take part in the Avignon Festival in and around the Palais des Popes-but book you’re seats early because this fabulous non profit making event attracts  up to 150,000 revellers of theatre, dance and music to the city to watch wonderful street performances and productions of sheer joy.

The artistic programme and full information for the Avignon 2010 Festival can be found at:

http://www.festival-avignon.com/en/Prog

If you miss the event there’s always next time. Meanwhile, buskers enliven the ancient streets of the walled city and will leave you wandering for more.

My french awakening was amused to come across unexpected pleasures like detailed trompe l’oeil paintings on buildings…

And intricate architectural embellishments of a fascinating history..

Avignon is enriched with abundant Museums, shops, a fabulous Les Halles marketplace and galleries and plenty of space to get about by car, bike or even tourist ‘train’- the latter can take you to popular sites to walk the remains of the famous Pont d’Avignon Bridge over the Rhone river for instance…

and be reminded of the little French children’s song, “Sur le Pont d’Avignon’…

On the bridge, step inside the tiny chapel of Saint Benezet…

where legend has it that Benezet (or Benedict) a young shepherd, was instructed by an angel to build the bridge and was given the power to lift enormous stones. The people of Avignon were so impressed that they helped construction and although Benezet died before it was completed, but not without founding The Friars of The Bridge Order of monks.

Great things happen in Avignon. Trust me.

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

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One Response to “Awaken To Historic Avignon”

  1. Wow, these are gorgeous shots. I went to Avignon about 20 years ago but was working on a restoration project and didn’t see any of the city at all. Your post makes me want to go back tout de suite!

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