Pierre & Vacances Pont-Royal En Provence Holiday Villages
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... for six French popes over 70 years in the 14th century. There are actually two large palaces or chateaus next to each other with different architectures. Touring the Palais took about ninety minutes after which we left and toured the Pont D'Avignon also known as the bridge of St Benezet. A 13th century bridge that crosses the Rhone River. Although for the last 700 years, the bridge only goes halfway across the river. What happened to the rest remains a mystery.
We returned ...
Monaco was cloudy and grey this morning when we woke. It is November after all. We checked out of the Port Palace Hotel about 10:00 and departed for Provence. The drive was about three hours and 25€ in tolls. While all part of the travel experience, the cost is a bit aggravating for those of us who are use to "freeways".
We arrived at our "gite" or rental unit in the tiny village ...
... season were evident - a gorgeous room with 2 balconies and a fabulous view for a song. Brian had wanted to stay in a chateau and this one more than filled the bill.
We drove the Gorges du Tarn Route - it turned out to be a big ask as there were few opportunities to shorten the route. This spectacular ravine is said to be one of Languedoc's most scenic drives (and one suggested by Lonely Planet) and it more than delivered. We ...
... it because they had geese, donkeys, ducks, sheep and CHICKENS!
One one of the days we went to the market in Saint Remy de Provence and bought cheeses, vegetables, bread, lavender honey and freshly roasted chestnuts which tasted like warm, chewy chicken. I also saw a girl with a band-aid in the middle of her head. Why am I talking about a girl around age 7 that had a band-aid in the middle of her head? I don't know. At around midday mum and dad ...
... I would love to learn more about it. The Palais des Papes was one of the most important monuments that helped me realize my interest in French history. It has been in Avignon since before the fourteenth century, and so many famous people in history have lived and visited there. I was really excited to get to be apart of that history.
After visiting the Palais, we went to the Pont which was just down the road (past sever touristy stores that ...