A Trip to France 2: Avignon

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.



About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


A Trip to France 2: Avignon — 2 Comments

  1. Sur le pont
    d’ Avignon
    on y danse
    on y danse
    Sur le pont
    d’ Avignon
    on y danse
    Tous en rond…

    When you said “And here is a photo of the main reason that Avignon is famous,” I really expected it would be a picture of the bridge from the children’s song, even though I knew about the French popes having been based in Avignon!

  2. And on a side street there is a ladies clothing store, inevitably name Les Demoiselles de Avignon.
    We did see the pont de Avignon, but it is not a useable bridge, an to go out onto it you have to pay a fee. Almost all sites an museums in Europe involve a fee, so alien to a Washingtonian’s sensibility.