Dark nights, full moon and endless fun
If you must have a reason to go to Avignon, then go to Festival d'Avignon in July. I have been there twice. Although in my second visit I almost didn't see any performances indoors -- theatre is all around you in the streets. I miss the nights -- the parties we had, the people we met, the wine, the moon, the river...
Theatre Festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known. These shows (dance, theatre or music) are enhanced by the background of powerful history and often appear renewed or refreshed in this environment.
A Great Experience
This is a small place not far from Place D’horloge, near the city wall. The prices are excellent and the food is well above average. The service was outstanding and fast since it was not overly busy.
The restaurant was closed one night we tried to go, so it might be wise to check the hours posted earlier in the day. Highlights were:
Profiteroles to die for!!!
A Vertical Building
We visited the Pope's Palace in 1964. This one photo of the courtyard was the only one I took that was in the horizontal orientaion. So to see the other (vertically oriented) photos of the entrance gate, door archway, clifflike walls and Indulgence Window, you need to click on the other photos.
This is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe. It was built in the 14th century and was completed in only 20 years by popes Benedict XII and Clement VI when Avignon was the seat of the papacy.
At the time we visited, Avignon was not very well known and was off the normal tourist track. Thirty-some years after our visit, UNESCO designated it a "World Heritage for Humanity" site. Now, the Popes’ Palace is one of the most visited monuments in all of France
The first picture shows one of the courtyards. The walls of the Popes’ Palace are flanked by four towers - some of which are 170 feet tall (photo 2 and 5). From the Great Chapel there is an entrance to the loggia where through the large Fenêtre de l'Indulgence (Window of Indulgence - photo 4) there is a view of the Great Courtyard. From this window the Pope used to give his blessing to the assembled faithful.
Now, the visitor can see over 20 rooms, scenes of historic events, in particular the pope’s private chambers and the frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.
Opening hours :
Open every day
November 2 - March 14 : 9:30 AM to 5:45 PM
March 15 - 31 : 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
April 1 - November 1 : 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
From July to September : 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
March 15 - November 1 :
Price = 9,50 euros
Concession = 7,50 euros
November 2 - March 14 :
Price = 7,50 euros
Concession = 6 euros
Note : desk closed one hour before
The Palace of the Popes
Hey this is such a holy place and because of my artistic photography skill , I have turned it to the two legendary con bra for Madonna , so say VTer Norali ...not sure if I should feel proud to be compared to Jean Paul Gautier or should blush like a lobster ..hehehe....anyway this an interesting place that you should not miss because they moved from here to the Vatican City ...