A great shopping area, with pedestrian streets without automobiles (not always the case in France), and loads of shops of all kinds. Southeast of the Place de l'Horloge: rue des Marchands, rue Rouge and adjoining streets are full of clothing and other shops.
Book market on the Cours Jean Jaures, just inside the wall in front of the train station.
City buses link Avignon’s Old Town with its suburban 'ville neuve' (new town) across the Rhône. Originally Villeneuve allowed the King of France to keep an eye on the popes on the far side of the river. Soon popes and cardinals themselves could not resist its charms, and built their own luxurious Villeneuve residences. Together with neighbouring Les Angles, it still has impressive views of the Papal city. Philippe le Bel Tower was the other end of Pont St Bénézet. The key attraction is the Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction/ fort Saint-André. Founded by Pope Innocent VI, in 1356, this was once the largest and most important Carthusian monastery in France.
This was a particularly picturesque church tower that I discovered in my wanderings somewhere in the tangle of roads to the east of Palais des Papes: I couldn't tell you exactly where, as navigating around this section of Avignon isn't easy if you don't have a detailed map.
Again, my attempts to find out more about this tower have been fruitless - any information to address my ignorance would be gratefully received and duly incorporated!
Update (January 2012): Halleluia, my ignorance has been addressed! This tower turns out to be part of Clocher des Augustins on Rue Carreterie and the following excellent context comes courtesy of jrock0525:
"This was one of the earliest Augustine convents in Provence, first occupied in the second half of the thirteenth century outside the city walls near the Portail Matheron, not far from the Carmelites who were located on the same street. The church was apparently complete by the beginning of the fourteenth century and is probably one of the first examples of Gothic Avignonese style. It was later enlarged and renovated by John XXII, who added chapels to the eastern portion of the church. At the time, this neighborhood was growing rapidly, with artisans as well as small merchants. The Augustines began construction of a bell tower in 1372 and completed it in 1377. It is the only visible remnant of what was one of the largest convents in Avignon.
"This bell tower, similar to that of the neighboring Carmelites, exemplifies all of the typical characteristics pf the Avignonese style of bell tower, with the addition of machicolations over the corbels, highlighting the defensive role of this edifice. During the Revolution this convent was sold in lots and dismantled, while the bell tower was given to the community. However, a recent archeological study (by M. Truel and F. Guyonnet) of the urban plat plan has revealed some vestiges of this church that were formerly believed to be entirely destroyed. In 1497 a public clock was installed in the bell tower. Once of the bells installed here in 1562 is now on display at the Palais des Papes."
Originally the Cardo Maximus of the Roman city of Avenio, rue de la République continues to be the major thoroughfare of the old city of Avignon. It connects Place de l'Horloge with rue Jean Jaurès and Porte de la République. The street is one of the busiest in the city and contains many of the big chain shops and small hotels, as well as Avignon's most exuberant architecture.
I was in Avignon for a week...and did nothing but walk from my hotel around the city.
It was an easy city to get absorbed into quickly. The centermost part of town had a massive antique carousel...with cafes lined up and down the area. Around the side streets were excellent shops...with good prices...along with artists along the way, where I bought 2 paintings.
There was plenty of tourist attractions...castles, bridges, the lot...it was a fabulous city. The city was clean...and the people were hospitable and nice the entire time...which makes for a pleasant visit.
If you're looking for a great place to visit in France...I would highly recommend this town.
Stroll the shopping streets in the pedestrian area, or abord this train. You'll find great little shops with specialities of the region. The train will also take you to the top of the town, where a noce restaurant, a park and great views will be found.