Ok, so this is getting on the late side of things, but hey it’s happening! Now really Marseille should be the next travel post but as most of those photos are on the laptop and (hopefully not lost forever) unusable at the moment, I thought I’d skip ahead and just show you the quaint little town of Avignon, about an hour north of Marseille. I went there just for a day trip to see the Festival d’Avingnon, on a recommendation of someone from my hostel.
As I was travelling on a eurail pass, I could make some day trips without costing me anything extra to get on the regional trains. You can get there in about 20 minutes on a fast train but in an hour at a cheaper price on the slow trains. The countryside is so beautiful and I had a great book to read so it was so skin off my nose!
The town is small but was absolutely buzzing with the Festival d’Avingon which is where a huge amount of productions are put on in July and they all perform in the street to try and get you to come along to their shows!
|Just one of the beautiful buildings of Avingnon.|
Avignon is abundant with gorgeous buildings and cute little parks and rest spots. This one was my favourite. Close to the train station it’s easy to find and not too far from a little supermarket. There are restaurants in the park but I opted for buying a salad and water from the supermarket and eating that on a bench and reading my book, no pressure to move on that way! There is a public toilet here too but be prepared for a unisex, smelly bathroom with the toilet paper on the outside of the building! Prepare that it may be empty and you definitely need back up tissues (Handy to have whenever you travel actually).
|Little book market just down from the train station.|
|Restaurant in the square by the Palais de Papes.|
|View from the Palais de Papes.|
So Avignon was apparently once the “City of Popes” due to how many popes lived there once upon a time. Because of that, they have a building entitled the Palais de Papes or Palace of Popes. It’s a beautiful church and the views are amazing. It’s worth it to just have a look!
|View of the courtyard from the Palais de Papes|
|An Australian street performer.|
As well as the performers from the various productions, there are many talented street artists. This particular one was from Australia! I felt proud that he had been asked to perform for the festival! He is very talented and I was very impressed however I cannot remember his name. Oops.
Another street performer, again, very talented. He gave the kids (and the adults) quite big frights by pretending to lose control of the wheel and act like he was going to run us over! He incorporated a lot of jokes into his tricks and had fantastic charisma. Definitely a performer at heart.
Loved these guys! They were just cycling round town playing the piano. What’s not to like?
Overall, I definitely enjoyed my trip to Avignon. I wish I saw a production but most were in French and having done no research as it was very last minute meant I was very confused and decided to just enjoy the (free) street performers. Might not go back unless my french dramatically improves but was worth the day trip! Just wish I picked another restaurant, or dish, as some of the food looked amazing.
Thanks for reading!