A day in Avignon
As you probably know from my Instagram, I spent an amazing week in Southern France with my family earlier this month – a perfect week of indulgence, relaxing by the pool at our vacation house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by vineyards and cherry tree fields, playing board games, cooking together, and drinking obscene amounts of rosé wine from the area. Oooh, my love for rosé…
The boyfriend and I left for our trip a day early, for flight scheduling reasons. We flew into Montpellier, which was the closest airport we could get a direct flight to (Norwegian has direct flights from CPH once a week, and SAS offers flights in the holiday months of July and August). We took a shuttle bus into the city and decided to walk the short distance to the train station, so we could see some of the city as well.
After a bit of a lengthy trek (thanks to the French fondness for strikes that affected our train), we arrived in Avignon and decided to take a little walk before grabbing dinner. We stopped by the oldest street in town, Rue des Teinturiers, and then had an “apéro” and pizza for dinner on this super cute little square, Place des Corps Saints.
After a long travel day, we were happy to turn in early. The next morning, we were greeted for breakfast by this cute guy or girl having a nap in the doorway. In my next life, I want to be a cat!
We only had the morning to spend, so we opted for a walk up towards the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), before wandering around the small streets down to another must-see, the Pont d’Avignon, the bridge across the Rhone river (or, what’s left of it). We even caught a newlywed couple coming out of the city hall building on our way! We finished off with a well-deserved glass of Orangina before heading towards the little village of Malaucène, where we were meeting my family for the rest of our vacation.
If there’s anything that can put in me vacation mode instantly, it has to be Orangina. The first sip brings back all the childhood memories of vacations in France – plus, it’s delicious! If you’ve never had a glass, I strongly suggest you try it. Be warned, though – it doesn’t taste “right” outside of France.