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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.
... Today's walk I did 18691 steps, about 13kms, which lead us to Auberge des Seguins.
The first half of the walk was leisurely, along back country roads. We looked back ffrom time to time to see Bonnieux before it disappeared from view.
On the plateau we walked through truffle oak plantations and by ...
... the Popes. Turns out the Pope left Rome and set up in Avignon in the 14th century due to political issues. They lasted around 100 years in this city before moving back to Rome. During this time successive Popes built, modified and extended this Palace.
It is a stunning collection of buildings that make up the Palace and all are largely still intact from the time of their construction. Well worth a visit.
We also ventured out on to the ...
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed