I like going to the South of France on holidays for the sun, the sea, the relaxed atmosphere and the pleasant environment.
One of my favourite places to visit in France is Avignon which is located in the department le Vaucluse in Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur.
Avignon is very pretty and charming: with its old houses and colourful streets, very typical in the south of France. In the evenings, the terraces of the lively cafés buzz with tourists and locals and you can soak in the atmosphere with a chilled glass of wine.
Dating from the 6th century BCE, there are still many significant and impressive archaeological remains from the Roman period (such as the ramparts) which are a must.
You can also visit the Pope’s Palace to learn more about the Avignon papacy during the 14th century.
And of course, any visit to the city must include the imposing 12th-century bridge that gives its name to the famous children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”.
I especially recommend visiting Avignon during the month of July when Avignon’s Festival dedicated to theatre, dance performance and circus takes place.
The streets come alive with performances, juggling, dance and music.
It’s a fantastic experience!
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[Coming up] My Favourite Corner of France – Nantes
Claire was an intern at Alliance Française de Cork January-June 2015. She studied Art and Design in Nancy, got a degree in Performing Arts and Cinema at the University of Metz in France and the University of Seville in Spain. She is now doing a Master’s Degree in Cinema at the University Lumière in Lyon.