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.
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.
One thing to take heed in Avignon is that the hotels do not offer parking spaces because it’s too crowded in the city.
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.
Avignon palace and old town seen in the next morning:
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 that got some very colorful and cute candy that imitates fruit.