Hotel de l'Atelier
Travel Blogs from Villeneuve-les-Avignon
I'm in Avignon, in a lovely old hotel inside the walled town. I had an interesting experience on the TGV coming over from Nice today. Stupidly, I managed to sit at the correct seat number, but in the wrong carriage. Well, I was booted out of my seat part-way along the journey. You aren't supposed to make the same mistake twice; but I think I've done this before! Cathie, ...
We made a half day trip to Arles from Nimes by train.
Being a small village we were able to see most of what there was in the central part quite easily. There is the main arena, roughly the same size as the arena in Nimes, and also the Ampitheatre nearby, which is mostly ruins now.
The other main attraction of ...
... it was the weekend and very soon after New Year's Day.
I missed out on seeing the Gardens and the Castle as I arrived late and they'd already done it.
From here we also did a half-day trip to Arles - see next entry.
There are other smaller villages around to do day trips to/from, such as Avignon.
Marseilles and Montpelier are also 2-3 hours away by train.
... but it is still a lovely little ancient village built on limestone outcrops. I quite enjoyed my time here until it started to rain again.
The final stop of the day was the Pont du Gard which is a Roman aqueduct. The aqueduct is remarkably intact and the location is amazing.
It was a long day in the bus but I think it was worth it because what we saw was amazing. I definitely have to come back to Provence,
Tomorrow we head to our last stop - ...
... two bridges in this weather) and stopped at the hotel to pick up the forgotten umbrella.
Then it was another bus to the centre of Villeneuve - unfortunately I missed the best stop for the historic centre and found myself a little further out than planned. The walk back was lovely. I had a great view of the Saint Andre Fort on the top of the hill.
The little streets of the town offered glimpses of the Fort and other ancient buildings. Down ...