Avignon is about 70 km northwestern away from Aix-en-Provence and requires approximately 1 hour of driving.
The sceneries were very pleasant to the eyes on the way to Avignon. Green fields and trees were everywhere around the road.
City wall of Avignon:
One of the entrances going into the city:
Avignon is a very unique city that became known as "Palais des Papes"–meaning "Palace of Popes"–since early 14th century. A palace was built for settling the first pope–Pope Clamente V and later on another 6 popes had made Avignon his residency. The city is still kept with its ancient look, with majestic city walls surrounding it and the gothic style palace standing in the center.
A bit of information about the popes and the years they resided in Avignon:
Pope Clement V: 1305-1314
Pope John XXII: 1316-1334
Pope Benedict XII: 1332-1342
Pope Clement VI: 1342-1352
Pope Innocent VI: 1352-1362
Pope Urban V: 1362-1370
Pope Gregory XI: 1370-1378
The shops are everywhere in the city. Even these buildings and passages are full of ancient atmosphere.
Outdoor restaurants in the plaza, they start to get crowded at around 7pm.
My hotel–Kyriad, is just right besides the plaza. Kyriad is a chain hotel franchise in France. It offers nicely renovated rooms and reasonable price.
One thing to take heed in Avignon is that the hotels do not offer parking spaces because it’s too crowded in the city. However, there’s a parking structure in one side of the city that you can park your car overnight for a reasonable over-12-hour price. The downside is, you have to walk all the way with your luggage to the hotel. However, the manager in my hotel told me that the parking structure is guarded the whole day and night with surveillance cameras, so it is safe enough that you just take out the valuable things and the belongings you need, and leave the rest in the car with the doors locked.
Classically architectured theater besides the plaza:
This is another chain hotel franchise in France called "Mercure."
The palace, gothic and very grand style:
The tower of the palace:
A street that leads to a residential area at night:
The famous bridge, Pont D’Avignon (also known as Pont Saint-Benezet), connects to part of the city wall and spans a river. It originally reached out to the forest on the other side of the river, but has been broken in the middle now. It looks exceptionally beautiful at night.
The palace in the daylight the next morning:
The landscape seen from the platform of the palace:
Pont D’Avignon during daytime, still very beautiful.
One of the bakery stores in Avignon–it has sandwiches, quich, breads, pizza, and some very interesting dessert:
The interesting-looking dessert is fruit slice or vegetable coated with suger. There are pineapples, kiwis, cherries, pears, lemons, oranges, papayas, celeries, etc.
A candy store called: La Cure Gourmande
It got some very colorful and cute candy that imitates fruit.