Creative World Travel
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Specialists in Leisurely Escorted Tours to Europe

& The French Riviera

Creative World Travel
Leisurely "No-Rush"
Escorted Tour
to the South of France
& Paris

TGV High-Speed Train from Avignon to Paris

View of Avignon and the Rhone River from the Ramparts of the Palace of the Popes
©Photo by Michael Reed ~ Creative World Travel

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Day-by-Day Itinerary - Page 7

In the 14th century, Avignon was the capital of Christendom. The popes lived here during what the Romans called "the Babylonian captivity." The legacy left by their "court of splendor and magnificence" makes Avignon one of the most interesting and beautiful of Europe's medieval cities.

View of the Palais des Papes from Pont St-Bénézet
©Photo by Michael Reed ~ Creative World Travel

  Avignon's Palais des Papes dominates the city with its fortress-like towers. The great, white, stone palace, so impressive from the outside, is a medieval maze of galleries, chambers, chapels and passages inside. The enclave, which covers 2.6 acres, is in fact two fortresses built as a symbol of the absolute power of the church.
  Both palaces have a central courtyard. The Old Palace reflects the austerity of Benedict XII, a Cistercian. The New Palace reflects the artistic taste and patronage of a great prince of the church, Clement VI, a Benedictine.

  School children around the world learn a bit of French from the famous song about Avignon with the refrain: "Sur le pont d'Avignon, on y danse, on y danse." The famous bridge across the Rhone River, Pont St-Bénézet, is just steps from our hotel.

  Also nearby is the heart of Avignon, the Place de l'Horloge (Clock Tower Square), the town's forum in Roman times, shaded by plane trees and lively with open air cafes.

Paintings of the Avignon Popes in the Palais des Papes
©Photo by Michael Reed ~ Creative World Travel

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