Greetings from Avignon

This is where I stayed when I was in Provence.  One of the first things I saw was the bridge, and immediately I started humming “Sur le Pont d’Avignon…” which I learned many years ago during French class in elementary school.  I wondered if there were other people nearby who knew the song so we could sing it in a round.

Avignon bridge

I also visited the Palais des Papes and learned about that aspect of the city’s history.  It was interesting to see all the different room displays and admire the impressive building.

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I did a little shopping for souvenirs too.  Since I was in Provence in May it was too early to see the lavender in bloom. Instead I had to look for lavender in stores featuring soaps, sachets and other scented products.  This was not a problem.

Avignon

Here are some other scenes I noticed as I walked in Avignon.

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67 thoughts on “Greetings from Avignon

  1. Beautiful photographs, Meg– especially the bridge and the delicious lavender– I am sure you had a lovely time there.

  2. Looks like you are having a wonderful adventure. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. What a wonderful way to fill your senses and bring back the memories of this trip. Will be fabulous this winter when we all miss the wonderful fragrance of spring and summer. Can’t wait to see where you take us next.

  3. Meg…I’ve missed not visiting your blog! And you’ve taken another adventure! Provence! Ahh. Your photos are lovely, and I can smell the lavender now! I’ll have to poke around and see what I’ve missed…

  4. That’s a solid looking palace, Meg.
    You’d think the whole place would be humming, wouldn’t you? I mean- how could you resist? :)
    L’on y danse, l’on y danse…

    • That’s really amazing! I was there two weeks ago and there weren’t too many people around. I’d like to go back another time when the lavender is in bloom :)

  5. I loved Provence – and Avignon is such a wonderful town to visit! I couldn’t help singing Sur le Pont d’Avignon when we were there either – I even talked my younger daughter into dancing on the bridge with me!

  6. What a lovely photo parade presenting Avignon. BTW, the song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” was the first song which my children learned in French school in Helsinki.

    Happy Friday!

  7. I am happy to see that many people got the chance to appreciate the beauties of Avignon.
    Now a student in Paris, I’ve been living 10 minutes from Avignon for 20 years !
    And my mother keeps placing lavander in my clothes cupboard for the smell and to protect my wool sweaters from insects =)
    And during my trips I was always amazed to see everyone knew the “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” : when I was at school in Canada, and i worked in Sweden as well… amazing =)
    I hope you got the chance to visit the village Les Beaux de Provence, one of the most beautiful village in France !

  8. Provence in on my list but you make me wish I was there right now. I can’t tell you how much I love lavender and I order from a company in Provence. Their creams have that lovely lavender scent that instantly relaxes me and makes my face feel so refreshed.

    • It was amazing to be in Provence! I brought back lots of lavender scented sachets and soaps. That’s a great idea to order lavender items – I may have to do that too :)

  9. It’s interesting how places remind of us songs and vice versa. Sometimes it’s because we used to listen to a song at a certain place (for me, England 1970 and “Leaving on a Jet Plane”). Then there’s the time I couldn’t stop humming “O Canada” on a flight from Philly to Toronto on Air Canada—all the while hoping I wasn’t humming loud enough for my fellow travelers to hear.

    • That’s a good point – a song can remind you of a place. I have music I always listen to when I start a trip and now that has become part of my travel routine!

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed this post – one day I hope to visit Provence. Perhaps you can feature more about this fabulous place next time you visit?

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