Viviers

Vivers is a charming town settled along the right bank of the Rhone River.  At the center of the old town, atop the hill, Cathedral St-Vincent sits stunningly.  It is said to be the smallest cathedral in France, and dates from the 12th century.  We had prime access to Viviers from the closed pleasure boat…

Avignon to Viviers

It was a fabulous day on the Rhone River!  We departed Avignon at 7:32 AM and spent the next eleven hours slogging upstream for 55.3 nautical miles; lifted through three locks, traversed a gorge, and configured our own Med-mooring at a closed marina.  Many highlights throughout the day and great scenery along the way.One-hour after departure,…

Fort St. Andre

Across the river at Villeneuve lez Avignon a curious castle beckoned our attention.  The Avignon Office of Tourism told us which bus route would take us across the river.We began by taking a stroll through Villeneuve lez Avignon in order to locate the Moulin a Huile; an olive oil mill and shop located in the former stables of…

les Halles – Avignon’s Daily Marketplace

It’s springtime in France, and even at the largest supermarkets the produce is fresh!  So fresh, so ripe, that everything must be eaten within days or it spoils.  The strawberries, especially those produced locally, have been as sweet as candy!  Delicious tomatoes, artichokes, eggplants, greens, asparagus, radishes, herbs…  We’ve treated ourselves to plentiful salads for lunch…

Palais de Papes

The rain poured down as we climbed the stairs up the back wall of the Popes’ Palace.  Up, and up, and up, the popes sure must have enjoyed their view overlooking the Rhone River.  Brian and I weren’t going to let a bit of rain spoil our parade.  We put on our rain jackets (over…