Blogs from Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, Europe


Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon June 12th 2023

Glorious blue sky as we set out in Smart Car for Avignon. Just across the bridge over the Rhone but think we went a slightly long way round as the traffic signage is not at its best round here. Avignon is completely walled and the traffic round the outer wall is Mad. There are mainly only 2 lanes to the road, one each way but every now and then there is room for a 3rd so they squeeze in a bus lane. Which does no good at all as 5 metres later that lane ends and the buses squash back into the lane with the normal traffic then stop at the bus stop ! Not helped by multiple crossings on lights so it is stop start all the way and yes we did witness one prang ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon June 11th 2023

Got on the way as early as we could as had a long drive, 250 miles down to Avignon. Not a long way in a car but it is in a 3.5 ton motorhome with a little car in tow. And especially when there are quite a few mountains on the way to be driven round, over and under. Tomtom was instructed to use motorways for the first half of the drive .. to make sure we didn’t find ourselves either heading off into Switzerland without a Swiss motorway pass on either vehicle or worse, up and over a wibblt wobbly mountain pass. So motorway right to the other side of Grenoble and then at Valence we picked up the N road which runs pretty well alongside the toll road. We have a bit of a ... read more
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. France - and a bit more: Week 2 This blog describes our 2023 journey to Europe; specifically France (with the possibility of a small foray elsewhere as both Italy and Spain are 'next door'!). As always, we segment the 'blog' into roughly weekly or fortnightly posts (this being the 2nd). Our travel blog has been written for family and friends to 'travel with us'. We now recognise we write the blog for ourselves; it is how we revisit our past adventures and remind ourselves of the the enjoyment. Thus, there is more detail included than merely a brief discourse for family and friends. BTW, if you want to see the picture in a larger size, just click on it. Oh, and if you missed Episode #1, you can find it here. . May 21 - ... read more
View from our kitchen window
Southern France

Today we woke to a peaceful Avignon and were excited to finally start biking. I walked through the quiet alleys and found take-away coffee as our B&B wasn’t showing signs of movement. As I arrived back Annaliese our B&B owner was also arriving with fresh baguettes and advised to head up to the first floor for breakfast. I let Ken know, who was still getting moving and went up to check out breakfast. Annaliese had a wonderful open kitchen where she had put out a wonderful typical French breakfast of croissants, baguettes, homemade jams and yogurt, fresh blueberries and muesli. She was making fresh strawberry jam in large kettles which looked and smelled wonderful. While waiting for Ken, she shared with me the history of the villa which included the original owner wayyyyy back in 1700’s ... read more
Smiling after a great afternoon on the bike!
Arriving the hotel

Cue up the church bells, for which I wasn’t ready for at 8a. But we slowly made our way down to coffee and prepare us for the train to Avignon. It was hard to leave the beautiful Nice area (French Rivera), but time to start moving towards Provence, our region of choice for the next 6 days. We walked the few blocks to the train station, found our seats in the top of the train (2 floors) and settled in for the 2.5 hour trip to Marseille. We passed Antibes, Cannes (where the film festival was happening) and other small villages along the Med coast with beautiful villas both on the beach and off. In Marseille we did a quick train change, and the 37 mins to Avignon went super-fast as it was the bullet train! ... read more
Enjoying dinner on the Rhone
City Walls
Palace of the Popes

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon November 26th 2021

I said this was a Fancy Schmancy trip and that fanciness started with flying business class. I really liked sitting in business class. Business class was a two three two configuration. John and I were facing each other with him facing forward and me facing backwards. Instead of a seat, we each had our own pod. They were very comfortable, and we could lay flat or sit up. We were handed champagne as we boarded and a kit containing socks, face mask, ear plugs and assorted toiletries. After takeoff, they served us dinner and drinks. Then about 730, I lay down (flat) to fall asleep. I pretty much slept five hours until they started getting ready for landing. Navigating Heathrow took about 90 minutes because we walked, took a train and a bus and had to ... read more
Picnic Lunch
Avignon Bridge
Yellow House in Arles

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon October 2nd 2021

Avignon is our home base for this part of Provence. Avignon is located in Southeastern France. It is located on the left bank of the Rhone river. Between 1309 and 1377 the center of the Catholic Church was here and home to seven consecutive Popes. In 1348 Pope Clement VI bought Avignon from Joanne I of Napes. The church controlled the town until 1791 when during the French Revolution it became part of France. Avignon is one of the few cities in France to have preserved its city walls.The wall is about 2.7 miles around. It takes about 20 minutes to walk straight across the city. The streets are cobblestone so you have to be careful walking. This is a living city with schools and shops of every kind. Avignon Les Halles An indoor shopping area ... read more
Found my inner child on the merry go round
Pont St-Benezet

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon August 31st 2021

Dinsdag 31/8/2021 Avignon. Het ging al wat beter met de kwetsuren van F en gisteren verhuisden we dan naar Avignon na onze rustpauze in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Korte rit van 20km. De lichtste schaafwonden aan de bewegende delen van F zijn al genezen. Aan één elleboog en één knie is nog wat werk. Vooral het nog gezwollen kniegewricht is nog hinderlijk bij stappen. Maar manklopen is voorbij. Fietsen kan al tegen 10km/u. We gaan het rustig houden. Alhoewel, de inspanning van vandaag kan al tellen. Bezoek aan het Palais des Papes. Te voet. Van aan de camping, de Rhone overgestoken met de gratis navette naar de Remparts. Dan veel trappen op en af naar de binnenstad en dan in dat enorme gebouw. Zonder liften, gebouwd in de 14e eeuw. Ik was pomp-af, en blij terug te kunnen bekomen ... read more
residentie van 7 pausen
Palais des Papes in Avignon
Palais des Papes van Avignon

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon March 15th 2020

Tag 6 – So, 15.3. We want to go home Am nächsten Morgen standen wir um sieben auf und humpelten zum Bahnhof. Alles war leer dort, und auf den Straßen fuhren auch keine Autos. Im Bahnhof war das Reisezentrum noch bis 8.30 Uhr zu, aber zum Glück hatte ein Schalter schon offen. Wir wollten den Zug reservieren, doch der Angestellte sagte uns, es gäbe keine Züge mehr nach Frankreich heute. Gar keine. Wir konnten nur nach Barcelona fahren. Wir sollten es vielleicht mit BlaBlarCar versuchen. So ein Schock. Schnell erstellte ich mir ein BlaBlaCar-Account und suchte Verbindungen. Namid suchte nach Flügen, in den nächsten Tagen war alles weg. Ich schaute alle Oui- und Flixbusse durch. Ich fand nur eine BlaBlarCar-Verbindung von einem Ort außerhalb von Barcelona nach Perpignan. Schnell stellte ich eine Anfrage. Am liebsten hätte ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon September 14th 2019

Our brief stop in France. Unfortunately our experience will colour my ‘mood' of our short 2 day stay in the country but alas, with such a large trip there surely has to be a bump in the road! We left San Sebastian quite early, and caught a bus (I must say the bus station located underneath the train station is much bigger) to Biarritz airport in France – an hour away. Biarritz is in French Basque country, and the airport was quite big for a small regional airport. Our destination was Marseille, where our plan was to train to Avignon and make it our base to visit ‘Les Carriers de Lumiers', an old limestone quarry in Les Beax de Provence that has art exhibitions where they project art images on the walls along with composed music ... read more
Avignon by night
Palais des Papes

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