Our France vacation was coming to an end, and only Papal Palace in Avignon was left to visit, so we leave the idyllic-pastoral and vivid Provence. The choice of our last point of residence lay between medieval Avignon with the Palace of the Popes and Arles with its ancient Roman arena. We decided upon the first one, and our Mini Cooper drove out the road N100 from Gordes to Avignon. We had to see a former rival of the Vatican. For a century the fates of mortals and powerful persons were deciding here.
The elegance Hotel de l’Horloge is located at the same-named square. It is 3-5-minutes of walking away from the former Papal residence; for our purposes more successful place is difficult to find, and not very expensive. At first you pass the square itself, then the theatre building located near the hotel, and now you’re in a narrow lane no longer than 50 meters. It feels as if you intend to go on a stage in the glare of soffits! But this scene is completely occupied before your appearance.
The Papal Palace does not suppress; it amazes! Such a leviathan hangs over you and the whole square tightly cluttered with café’s tables. Join the audience, take your seats in the parterre and admire! A cup of coffee or glass of wine? The Avignon Papal Palace is so truly gorgeous that you want to sit in front of it infinitely.
As I said, the palace located at the average-sized European square does not overwhelm you at all; you feel so integrated to this medieval city. It seems like the angels are still circling around it.