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... in the 12C and used for over 500 years, but constantly having to be rebuilt during those years, because of the torrential Rhone river passing under it, so finally in the 17C reconstruction work was abandoned and the bridge now crosses only half the river. Avignon also has the largest gothic palace in Europe, the Palais des Papes, ...
When you awaken this morning, you'll find yourself in Avignon. Set off on a walking tour to discover the City of Popes. For most of the 14th century, the popes left the turmoil of Rome and installed themselves in this calm possession of the Catholic Church. In Avignon, beginning with Clement V (who was born here), they built residences, chateaux, a ...
... filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, cured meats, spices, seafood, nougat, and Savon de Marseille (the famous Provencal soaps). We stocked up with medjool dates, grapes, bananas, and nougat for the road before settling on a café for lunch.
Again, since we planned on the rain, we had picked out an indoor place to spend the afternoon – the Camp des Milles. This was just a short drive from the old city ...
... towards Rousillon intending to stop for coffee and icce-creams but found no van parking signs just about everywhere and aft doing 2 passes of the town without success and finding the only feasible parking several km away gave the town the proverbial finger and by now thoroughly irritable moved on towards Apt. We found the town municipal campsite quite easily And although it was surprisingly bust got a decent site and after showers headed ...
... their own tomato stakes.
Once again I found the smells and colours of the region a treat for the senses. Lavender is grown throughout this area and although it is fragrant close up, it (surprisingly to me) does not perfume the air as do the many varieties of flowering shrubs and wildflowers that are blooming profusely in the countryside right now.
I guess I'm not saying much about the ride today - Tim seems to have covered a lot ...