Avignon

Europe 2008 Avignon205Avignon is one of the major cities in Provence.  It un-officially marks the western border of Provence.  Avignon is best known for the Palais du Papes.  In 1309 the city, still part of the Kingdom of Arles, was chosen by Pope Clement the 5th as his residence, and from 9 March 1309 until 13 January 1377 was the seat of the Papacy instead of Rome.  The Palais is a must visit for anyone travelling to Avignon.  Avignon is also known for its’ famous bridge, Le pont Saint Bénezet, which ends half way across the river Rhone.  Avignon also houses Marche Les Halles, the best fresh produce and fish market in Provence.  Les Halles is a must.  It is located just east of the Place de Horloge, on Place Pie.  Tele. 04 90 27 15 15.  Get there early by 7:00am to catch all the action.  All of the established Southern French Chefs shop here.  Just grab a Cafe Creme and a Pan Au Chocolate and enjoy the market.  You will thank me. If you want to buy Truffles, plan to spend 600 Euros a kilo.  Below are some shots of Avignon I have taken over the years.  Enjoy.

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Palais Des Papes Side Palais Des Papes Front Le Pont from Across River Place Des Horloge
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Palais Steeple Park Behind Palais Palais Square Marche Les Halles
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1903 Picture of Les Halles Carosel on Place Des Horloge More Palais Des Papes Rue Des Republique
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Another Shot from across river Summer 2013 Actors Fete It’s Not a Real Body Rue Republic without Cars at Fete
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Les Hales 2015 Cheval at Les Halles Outside Les Halles Les Halles Avignon
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More Les Halles Les Halles Crevattes Bread Counter