After arriving in Avignon and walking three minutes to the Ibis Gare Hotel, booking a room with a view straight over the battlement wall of the city, I get cleaned up and decide to venture out.
Taking in the sites of Avignon is a dream come true. My darling friend Tracey has spoken of this place for years and I have dreamed about coming here for about fifteen years now. I am remiss to say that I wish she were here with me; it was something we wanted to do together. It all started by walking across Boulevard Saint-Michel and into the north west entrance to the town. There were people everywhere as I realised this is what the receptionist meant by the festival is on this weekend. Wandering through the throng of people, I spied the Golden Virgin on her lofty perch, ever vigilant over her great city. This was just a stunning piece of 12th century architecture (not that I would really know), beautiful none the less.
This was followed by a quick jaunt down to the Rhone River to look at the Pont Saint-Bénézet built in the 10th century. My dad always wanted to walk on this bridge. He talked a lot about it, he really loved the idea of it not reaching the other side. It was destroyed by flood in the early 11th century.
Wandering back up from the river landed me in the Rocher de Doms. As I walked through the park I realised it was taking me back to where I had started and I took a detour to make a quick stop at the Musee du Petit Palais and quietly drift through a display of 13th century religious artefacts from France and Italy that were on display for the festival. The sculpture of the body of christ was truly breathtaking.
As I walked out of the entrance to the museum, the size of the plaza took me by surprise and it looked totally stunning as it subtly pushed your gaze straight down to the Palais de Papes.
I had a quick bite to eat, an ice cream and headed back to the hotel to rest my feet as I was beginning to feel blisters forming, not good at all. Not sure what the night will bring, but stay tuned for a step back to the future.