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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard Between the cities of Avignon and Nimes in France is an aqueduct that was built by the Romans to bring water to the city of Nimes.  The Pont du Gard is the highest elevated Roman aqueduct and one … Continue reading

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape   What have you heard about Châteauneuf du Pape? It has been described as a commune and as a medieval village. With a population of a little over 2000, it is located on a hill about 18 kilometers north … Continue reading

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Inside Palace of Popes

Inside the Palace of Popes Inside the walls of the Palace are two main courtyards. The first and largest is used for concerts and other events. The stage is still set up. In July Avignon hosts the Avignon festival of … Continue reading

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Palace of the Popes 1

Palace of the Popes 1 Is it the largest gothic palace in Europe, or in the world? It’s construction began in 1316 under Pope John XXII and continued under Pope Benedict XII and Pope Clement VI. It is built less … Continue reading

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Avignon

Avignon, Provence, France Avignon is a very special city in Southern France. It is ancient, enclosed within a wall, and is home to the Palace of the Popes. In the 1300’s there was more than one Pope, one in Rome and … Continue reading

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TGV

TGV – Paris to Avignon TGV means the train goes very fast. In France it is the “Train a Grande Vitesse”. It travels the 600 (as the crow flies) kilometer distance in less than 3 hours. That is an average speed of … Continue reading

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Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles The Gardens of Versailles are as impressive as the Palace. Like the Palace, many people are employed in maintaining the property. And they are doing a beautiful job. Water is a major focus of the gardens and … Continue reading

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Palace of Versailles. It began as a hunting lodge, then grew into a magnificent palace. Now it is as much a museum to the art and … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral Construction began in 1163 and continued until 1345. It is still one of France’s most famous churches and another of the famous icons of Paris.         A statue of Joan of Arc is prominently … Continue reading

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Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise An excellent way to feel the life of Paris is to take a cruise along the Seine River. You can start at the base of the Eiffel Tower, pass the Grand Palais, the Louvre, and loop around … Continue reading

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