Journals From Provence: the 2nd blog post from Europe in Avignon, France.
This blog post is a set of four blog posts titled “Journals From…” geared to give you a little taste of my time in Europe. Some information in the post below was taken from my real-life diary.
The first post can be found here; http://bit.ly/1KEkmo7
Today was mostly a travel day! We traveled to a hotel in the middle of a walled castle; the City of Avignon. It was my first time ever traveling on a high speed train; the views were spectacular.
When we finally arrived to Avignon, we had to wheel luggage on cobblestone for what felt like half a mile to our hotel right smack dab in the middle of the city. It felt super authentic though, of course 😉
Our hotel is right across from the Palais des Papes, or the Popes Palace, where in the 14th Century popes existed separately from the Vatican in Rome. The inside was massive; we got to see where the popes lived, ate and (of course…) prayed.
While inside the Popes’ Palace, we went on a guided audio tour to which I just walked by myself. It was actually quite peaceful.
The area around our hotel and the Popes Palace was also beautiful. More modernized, though.
We also had a half-day to do some shopping and walking. I bought my younger sister Lavender soap at this brilliant little soap shop in the city. If you’re wondering, everything here actually does smell like Lavender; even the towels in our hotel… hehe.
For dinner, we headed back to our hotel and had chicken and potatoes; one of my favorite meals of the trip.. super tasty. (We also had a a little dibble of wineeee) 😉
Avignon is very peaceful compared to Paris; quiet but still beautiful.
Today we woke up and had breakfast downstairs which consisted of a coissant and nutella, yogurt/granola and coffee. Everything is very sweet here, not like a McDonalds Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, for sure. 😉
After breakfast, we went by bus to visit Pont du Gard, a Roman Aqueduct made over 2,000 years ago. It was built in under 5 years and the construction was based solely on the rocks holding themselves together. It is a top the river Gard or over the Valley Gardon, meaning Garden.
It’s so beautiful; mystic and embodied by an all-knowing sort of glow. We got the chance to walk inside the Aqueduct and the view from the tippy top was amazing.. well, extraordinary even. It had a mystic, surreal look. The wind was so strong it took my breath away (literally).
And this is the view from the top…
On the next stop, we journeyed to the city of Nimes. We learned about wine and the making of it on the bus ride there. We also learned about Champagne and olive oil.
Nimes is known as the French Rome, where at the time, Romans came and built the Nimes Arena where we visited and I learned about bull fights and gladiators.
Nimes is also known for the first making/production of Blue Jeans … “Blu de Nimes” Blue Denim. WAAAT?
I felt very Roman.. but also very French.
Today was mostly a travel day to the city of Barcelona, Spain. WEE! Or, I mean Oui!
We stopped in the city of Carcassone in southern France on our way there. Carcassone has a neat back story, though but basically it’s a medieval castle where the well known “Robin Hood” was filmed. I liked it, especially where the name comes from; Carca- queen of the city, Sone- bell.
When we finally got to Barcelona after hours of driving by bus, we got the chance to visit Downtown Barcelona. Barcelona is so very colorful and the people are vibrant and alive, even at 2 a.m. I’ve been trying to speak in Spanish as much as possible.
Even the Subway was colorful.
I’m excited for Barcelona.
Up next is the third post “Journals From Barcelona” ❤