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WINTER HOLIDAY PART 2: AIX-EN-PROVENCE & AVIGNON

Pont d'Avignon

Pont d'Avignon

So the second part of the winter holiday is here! I continue where I left of in the last post.

We got up early, it was hard since we got to bed late. We took tha train to Aix-en-Provence from the Marseilles St. Charles trainstation at 09h05.

After 45 minutes on the train we arrived in Aix-en-Provence. We were heading for Avignon the same day, and didn’t have a hostel to put our stuff in. Additionally we couldn’t find ANYWHERE to put our luggage, so we had to carry it around all day. We had breakfast in front of Cours Mirabeau, the biggest fountain in Aix-en-Provence.

We continued our great hyper tourism trend, seeing everything in one day and took yet another “City tour”. (The one in Aix-en-Provence was better than the Marseille one as it only cost us 0,50€!)


Geir, Joao and Roberto are happy hyper tourists

We were all kind of tired and had a coffee not far from la Rotonde before we visited Musée Granet with a free and interactive Picasso exhibition, very good.

We didn’t have time to see La cathédrale St-Sauveur properly (we passed it on the city tour), so the last thing we did in Aix-en-Provence was a proper kebab. 15 minutes on the TGV and we were in Avignon. We were met by an amazing sunset, so I had to take a picture!


The view that met us in Avignon (available on Flickr)

We met the American girls again (what’s the odds?), but this time we only had a short talk as they were leaving Avignon. We ended the evening with wine, salt sticks, chips and baguettes in the hotel room.

Day 3: Avignon
We slept for a long time in my room and the others bought food and we ate breakfast in front of the City hall (Hôtel de ville).


A fantastic baguette breakfast in front of Hôtel de ville!

We headed for the main attraction in Avignon, Le palais des papes (The pope palace). The Pope had his head of seat in Avignon at the beginning of the 12th century, interesting, but the buildings was emptied, so there was only (endless amounts of) information signs to see, apart from the construction itself.


Palais des papes

After two hours in the palace we had incredibly expensive coffee outside (1,80€). Then we saw Notre dame des doms and the park Rocher des doms next door followed by the famous “Pont d’Avignon”, who’s real name is Pont Bénezet. Why is it famous you say? That’s because it’s only half a bridge. The city of Avignon gave up reconstructing it in the 17th century since it always got destroyed by the strong tide.


Planning in front of Palais des papes!

Again we were tired and skipped going to eat at a restaurant, instead we ordered pizza. Beer and gin & tonic made us happy and we tried to find a place to go out. Again: Epic fail! Who pays 10€ to get into a pub!? It was called Delirium, probably describes the people who go there pretty well!

In the next post, Nîmes!




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