by Brenda W. Clough.
I planned this trip so long ago that I cannot remember why we mae Avignon our headquarters. But it is a supremely Provençal city, full of sidewalk dining and history. Here is a shot taken from my lunch table:
And here is a photo of the main reason that Avignon is famous, For a period of time the Papacy was based here, during a period when the Holy See was ruled by French popes. Dante Alighieri was furious about it and there’s tons of stuff about the issue in his Divine Coedy. But here is the Pope’s pad in town. Not as glitzy as the Vatican but much more defensible.
We are staying in the walled ancient city, which has a nearly-complete medieval curtain wall and more tourist restaurants than you would believe possible. I understand now, why everybody in Britain seems to want to come to the south of France.