A getaway to Avignon - the destination by.
Welcome to Avignon - UNESCO World Heritage site in the striking south east of France! Visitors to Avignon what ever reason they've come for will be delighted by the sight of the bridge from the song. Sitting astride the resplendent River Rhone is the bridge from the childhood song _sur le pont d_Avignon_. The River Rhone, one of the main waterways through France is usually active with water traffic of all types. Why not take a pleasant cruise along the Rhone and hear about the background of the city from this unique viewpoint? If contemplating the different modes of transport to Avignon you can find yourself spoiled for choice. You might fly to Avignon-Caumont Airport (just eight kilometres out of the centre of town) or possibly take the train to the Gare d_Avignon-Centre SNCF not to be confused with the rail link on the outskirts of the town named the Gare d_Avignon TGV served by the high speed LGV Mediterranee. Getting around inside the city is equally as efficient as getting to the city from a number of destinations. Discover 23 bus services, an effective bicycling path and very soon to be even better with 2 tram lines planned for 2016. Avignon is really into its cycling promotion offering a bicycle- sharing program known as the _velopop_. It_s Festival time! No greater time to visit Avignon in our opinion! There_s been a festival on here ever since 1947 so they really are very good at it with a monstrous 100 000 people descending upon it every year. If you_re in to a light-hearted style of festival with lots of laughs you_d probably prefer the _Festival Off_ - a bohemian showcase of local arts and culture. For the more formal approach to your festival activities you might prefer to sign up for the rather prestigious _Festival In_. Its nice to have a choice when festival-going, isn_t it? With so much to take pleasure from around Avignon where do you begin? A great way to get your bearings in Avignon would be to begin with the Rue de la République an historic main street that extends back to 1852. Whilst experiencing the sights here, seek out the imposing Place de l_Horloge located within Central Square and maybe book up for a show within the nearby theatre district. Next head across to the Quartier de la Balance for its collection of listed buildings - saved during the renovations of 1960. Dwarfing the cathedral is the sensational fourteenth century Papal Palace (Palais des Papes) - a _must see_ for all history enthusiasts. Many of you will have heard about the ramparts of Avignon. Surrounded by walls that had been constructed by the popes in the 14th century, Avignon_s ramparts (comprising of 39 towers) which some say are the best examples in the world of medieval fortification. The museums of Avignon are first class such as the Calvet Museum, the Lambert Collection and The Musee du Petit Palais. The Calvet comprises an outstanding array of private painting and metalwork previously owned by the doctor, Esprit Calvet. The Lambert collection comprises contemporary works while you can view paintings from the Avignon School renaissance paintings in the Musee du Petit Palais. Other top name museums to visit in Avignon are the Angladon, the Lapidaire, the Requien and the Louis-Vouland. Having visited all the top tourist destinations in Avignon, it's highly unlikely that you'd not have come across the eateries of Place Pie (beside the Place l_Horloge) in addition to the notable indoor market of Les Halles. Why visit Avignon? Time and time again we sang _Sur le pont d_Avignon_ (on the bridge of Avignon) in school. A lot of us wondered when we would ever look at it so whilst here, so why not make your dreams a reality!