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A travel journal to Avignon by TianjinPaul

Palais des Papes-Palace of the Popes Photo, Avignon, France More Photos
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Palais des Papes-Palace of the Popes

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Attraction | "Not quite the Vatican, but almost"

Palais des Papes-Palace of the Popes Photo, Avignon, France
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I suppose I should begin this review with just a little bit of history. The Palais des Papes and its magnificent architecture and grandeur dates back the brief period in the Middle Ages when the Papacy moved from the Vatican to Avignon. However, as I am certainly no scholar of religious history, this review will focus more on the palace itself rather than the ghossts that echoe within its walls. I believe this to be a sensible approach as (a) my knowledge of the Papacy is rather patchy, and (b) the palace is far more significant and interesting because of its architecure rather than the history - most visitors go away thinking of its immense facade rather than th popes who lived there.The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

Palais des Papes-Palace of the Popes
3 Place Palais
Avignon, France
04 90 86 04 13

Etap Avignon Centre

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Hotel | "Good for the Price"

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When my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip through the South France to Marseille and Avignon we managed to enjoy some of the worst luck known to man when it came to accomodation. When we wrrived in Marseille, we found that the hotel we had booked online did not have our reservation and were forced to stay in a far less impressive hotel close-by that proved to be more expensive. This was on the Saturday morning of our trip. We planned to spend Saturday in Marseille and then move on to Avignon on Sunday. We had also reserved a hotel online in Avignon. However, as we ate dinner by the port in Marseille on Saturday evening, the hotel called to ask us when we would arrive. It turned out that we had mi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

Etap Avignon Centre
8 Boulevard Saint Dominique
Avignon, Provence 84000

TGV to Avignon

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As my girlfriend and I planned an early summer weel-end break, we skimmed through scores of possibilities that were accessible from Nice via either plane or train. We had our hearts set on foreign fields with London or Barcelona top of the list. However, we were unable to find either flights of hotels at any kind of reasonable price. So, we decided to stay in the south of France and planned a trip that would take-in both Marseiile and Avignon. To get to both cities, we decided to take the train. This was not exactly the low-cost option that we hoped it would be - tickets from Nice to Marseille were 40 Euro each and Marseille to Avignon was 25 Euros each. However, they seemed to be the best...Read More

Pont d'Avignon/Pont Saint-Benezet

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Attraction | "Sur le Pont"

Pont d'Avignon/Pont Saint-Benezet Photo, Avignon, France
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Many readers will doubtless be aware that there is a famous song about the bridge in Avignon. This was something of which I was completely oblivious before taking the trip to the ancient Papal city. Therefore, I was completely bemused when my girlfriend started to hum a rather strange little ditty and friends started leaving links on my Facebook wall with Youtube clips of old kid's programs featuring the song. After hearing the song several times - both the Youtube version and my girlfriend's rather out of tune rendition - I decided I did not care for it. Thankfully, the bridge has far more going for it than just the song.The Pont d'Avignon is famous for two main reasons. The first is the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

Pont d'Avignon/Pont Saint-Benezet

Avignon, France

A Great Place for a Stroll

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I live in Nice. I find it to be an extremely pleasant place to go for a stroll on a Sunday afternoon. There is the Old Town with its wonderfully ornate old buildings and, of course, the Promenade des Anglais with beautiful palms and outrageously blue sea. I have often told my friends that there is no better place in France, or indeed the world, to pass a lazy Sunday ambling around. However, when my girlfriend and I took a trip to Avignon, Nice found a rival.The first thing I grew to love about Avignon was the wonderfully slow pace of life. We arrived on a Saturday evening and found things as sedate as can be. We were able to leisurely stroll around the city walls, which are extremely impr...Read More