Avignon is in the Vaucluse are of southern France, sitting on the left bank of the Rhone, a popular stop for river cruise ships. In the 1300s it became the residency of seven successive Popes; it remained a papal state until the French Revolution when it was returned to France.
|The beautiful city of Avignon and my lovely Hubby|
|Avignon Petit Train|
|'sur la Pont d'Avignon' - looking at it anyway|
|Breathe in - such narrow streets but the train got through|
|Street entertainment on a different level|
|Such vast rooms with amazingly high ceilings|
|Previous floor markings on the walls,|
a sign of all the alterations
|Some of the surviving statues|
|Great art work|
|It's vastness was incredible|
|The view from the Palais looking south down the Rhone to the Mediterranean|
Avignon is a great city, perfect for a weekend break. I'm sure there was more to do/see than we had time for but I'm glad we visited the Palais des Papes, especially after visiting Chateauneuf du Pape the day before.
The other city we visited was Chartres, this was a stop over on our way home. We have traveled through Chartres many times and been amazed at it's Cathedral standing tall across the city and countryside.
Again we took the Petit Train to see as much of the city as we could in the time we had - a great ride if bumpy as most of the streets were cobbled !!
|It's those tourists again !|
|Chartres old timbered houses going out as they go up|
|Beautiful scenery along the river|
|Such a mix of architecture|
Not just an ordinary Sunday service but the ordination of a priest - such a privileged to be allowed to witness this sacred service. Although a Roman Catholic service and some sung in Latin it was quite moving, especially when the priest filed past the new priest and laid their hands on his head - there must have been over 100 in the line.
Unlike most churches and Cathedrals I know here in England Chartres was still open for visitors to wander round, although we didn't take many photos so as not to disturb the service - it really was an amazing event.
|Beautiful rose window and carved figures above|
|So many carvings and statues.|
Our second week of the holiday was in Provence in the lower Alps by a man made lake. I'll blog about our adventures at Les Salles de Verdon next time, I hope you've enjoyed the cultural part of our French holiday.