So many choices for today! We opted for a tour of Avignon, Palais des Papes (Palace of the Pope,) and Les Baux de Provence, one of the most picturesque villages in France.
We learned a lot about the Papacy in France (who knew there were two Popes at one time?) and the ultimate return to only one Pope in Rome.
The structure fell into disrepair, was restored in 1516 and was ransacked again during the French Revolution in 1789. Finally in 1906 it was turned into a museum, then became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1995 and has been under continual restoration ever since.
After our tour, we had free time to wander the village.
We started with lunch at a darling little French Cafe.
We bought lavender sachets and soap, made in Provence, at a cute little shop.
Then it was off to Les Baux de Provence.
It was such a charming little village!
At the top of the hill, the view was gorgeous.
There was a fortification up there, or at least remnants of one, but we ran out of time before we could see it.
I could easily come back!