Avignon : Bonjour, Bonsoir, Bonjour!

Trip Start May 24, 2010
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Trip End Jul 21, 2010


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Hotel de Blauvac

Flag of France  , Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,
Saturday, June 12, 2010

After a long ride on a slow train, we made it into the peaceful and quaint city of Avignon. As we entered the city, we were immediately greeted by a market full of artists displaying their works.  We found our way to our cute loft in a local B&B.  Before heading out to dinner, we took a stroll around the city seeing some of the sights including the Palace of the Popes and the St. Benezet Bridge (which some of you might know from the popular children's nursery rhyme, Sur le pont d’Avignon, although we did not).  We also climbed to the top of Parc des Rochers des Doms for excellent views of the Rhone River Valley and Avignon.  We ate dinner on Rue des Teinturiers – a happening street along a small canal with water wheels.  We must be getting a little confused switching between languages because at dinner we greeted the waiter with "Bonjour, Bonsoir, Bonjour" (translated – good morning, good evening, good morning) where the waiter joking told us we spoke great French and promptly translated the entire menu for us in perfect English

The next morning, we took a trip to the countryside to visit the Pont Du Gard – a Roman aqueduct part of a 30 mile canal providing water to Nimes from Uzes.  Most of the aqueduct is underground but the Pont Du Gard was made to span a huge river gorge and contains the largest arch the Romans ever built.  It was very impressive but unfortunately due to the limited weekend bus schedule we didn’t get to stay as long as we would like.  If we ever come again, we’ll definitely bring a swimsuit and spend the day on the river enjoying the view.

In the afternoon, we took a quick train to the city of Nimes.  The town supposedly is one of the less touristy cities in the French Provence and full of history including the Maison Carree and the arena.  The ancient Roman temple called Maison Carree is one of the most complete buildings surviving from the Roman Empire and is thought to rival Rome’s Pantheon.  It survived in part because of its use as a church, city hall, private stable, and archives during the revolution.  Unfortunately, the sight was under renovation which we were unaware of.  In Nimes, we most enjoyed seeing the city emblem around town which is a crocodile tied to a palm tree representing when Rome conquered Egypt.  The crocodile is a symbol of Egypt and the palm tree is a symbol of victory.  As most of the city was under construction along with the Maison Carree, we caught the first train back to Avignon.  An ice cream sundae stop in Avignon made up for the little time spent at Pont du Gard and the unimpressive trip to Nimes.  We closed our trip to Avignon with a tart-based dinner in a cute plaza outside of a church.
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Mary Anne Wherry on

You are lucky I wasn''t with you in Avignon, because I would have sung that song to you! Have fun!

Bev Hicks on

YOU ARE SURE EATING WELL!
THOSE DESSERTS LOOK DELICIOUS.
BEAUTIFUL PICTURES.

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