Comparing a trip to the Southern French metropolis to that of Napoleon’s history, the writer tells of how it has never been easier for people to visit the country and the city in question. While the historic French leader saw a great deal of trouble in the area, it is a far cry from the tranquil beauty that exudes from Avignon today as Mirror journalist Karen Rockett found on her recent trip.
Steeped in history
Avignon is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year; whether it is in July during the Festival d’Avignon or in the cooler autumnal months, guests of river cruises through Europe can enjoy the varying atmosphere that surrounds the city’s festivals and heritage sites.
Rockett praised the Palais des Papes, the Palace of Popes, in particular in her article describing her travels of the city, highlighting its UNESCO World Heritage site status. As one of the largest Gothic buildings in Europe, its religious history and stunning architectural design make it a key feature that attracts travellers to the south of France, with some of the best river cruises that pass through the city making this the first stop on their tour.
Known for its cobbled streets and culture that radiates from every corner, there are plenty of iconic landmarks to admire as well. Rockett described the famed Pont d’ Avignon bridge as a sight ‘not to be missed’ as it acts not only as a symbolic feature of the city, but is also the subject of a well-known French nursery rhyme.
All of these sights and more can be visited during a couples’ river cruise holiday with Emerald Waterways, where guests can make like the Mirror journalist and enjoy the ‘romantic views,’ and the ‘statues, shrubbery, fountains and duck ponds’.
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