While Avi was here visiting, having never been to France, we went to Avignon. The city was as engaging as ever, good for walking, good for eating, good for taking photos. I managed to fit in my usual walk across the Rhone River to Villeneuve-les-Avignon and the requisite short stroll along the rue des Teinturiers – my favorite nook in the city -- where the 19th century dye works used to be and where you can still find some of the old waterwheels that ran the industry, nestled in among the huge plane trees. We also visited some nearby villages, but more about that another time.
The French have the reputation of being unfriendly, but I have not found that to be true. After my trip to France last year I wrote a post about the café where I had my coffee and croissant each morning and the friendly barista who worked there. I went back to see him (and have a coffee and croissant) on my latest visit. He didn’t remember me at first, but it didn’t take long before he did. He was as friendly as before and this time I managed to take his photo. Voila! Meet Bruno from the Tapenade Cafe.
|Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes)|
approaching from the rear
|Palais des Papes|
|Sur le pont d'Avignon|
L'on y danse, l'on y danse
|Across the way is the bistro Ginette & Marcel|
a great place for a snack
|No Michelin stars, just homey atmosphere|
and home cooking
|Most people were snacking outdoors|
|Breakfast at the Hotel Colbert|
|Rue des Teinturiers|
|Photos of France are not complete without|