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27 Apr 2015

Yes, that's right. I have finally taken myself off on another day trip around Southern France! This time, myself and Anna hopped on a train to Avignon, Provence, for a potter around the streets, a look at the Pont d'Avignon, and a visit to the Palais des Papes and the park. Provence is probably my favourite region in France, for obvious reasons including the stunning scenery and the holiday feel I get whenever I go there. I actually went on a short weekend visit to the beautiful Vaison la Romaine back in October with my flatmate, Rowan, and I cannot wait to go there again in a few weeks.

Now I'm not going to lie, but I think that I might quite possibly almost love the charm of this city as much as I love Montpellier. Almost. It's quite a bit smaller as a city in general, but the centre seems just as bustling and adorable as the historical centre here. 

We stopped off in an adorable little square for lunch almost the minute we got off the train because who on earth can start exploring a place before they've eaten a proper meal? Unfortunately I can't for the life of me remember the place, but it was quite a standard restaurant tucked away by the bridge. I'm sure I hold a very different opinion to most French people, but I personally find it very hard to fault most French restaurants I eat at. I have found multiple places that I love, despite them having 3 or even less stars on Google and Tripadvisor, and I don't know whether this is due to the ultra high standards of the French, or due to my low standards... let's hope it's not the latter! 

After a wonder around the streets and the little shops, we went to find the Pont d'Avignon. This is the bridge which has it's own very catchy but also incredibly annoying song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. My Dad loves to sing this whenever the city is mentioned, so I'm awaiting that in my next skype call with the family!

It was actually better than I expected. The bridge itself was full of building works, but was beautiful all the same, and I was so, so happy to see the beautiful blue water surrounded by lots of lovely greenery. As cheesy at the sounds, I do miss living in places where there are a lot of grassy areas. Montpellier is great as a city, but if you want to walk to a nice park on a hot summer's day then you can think again.

Stick around for part two in a few days, where we ventured up to a beautiful park and admired the stunning scenery around us! 

Provence is truly gorgeous.

  1. What a scenic city. There's the famous bridge! Looks like the sunshine cooperated too. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics for this journey!

  2. It does look like such a pretty city, the bridge with the blue water and greenery looks gorgeous as well!

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  3. It looks amazing, your so lucky to be able to take these little trips. I love to go exploring


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