The Avignon Theatre Festival started in the first week of July and it seems that every day, every man and his dog is out enjoying the atmosphere. I love how dog-friendly Europe is. I mean, you’ve got to watch out for the poo on the pathways, but for a dog-lover, its heaven. I’ve seen dogs on the train and at the train station waiting with its owner inside, on the laps of people in restaurants, in a church (even though there was a sign “No Dogs”), wandering through cafe’s and shops.
Visiting Avignon was fantastic. As mentioned, the atmosphere was amazing with the street performers trying to pitch their shows. In the early 1300’s, this walled city was chosen by Pope Clement V as his residence, and until 1377, Avignon was the seat of the Papacy instead of Rome.
Rich in history, rich in culture, Avignon is worth a visit. Don’t just visit the Papal Palace, and the Pont d’Avignon, but also take time to walk around the pedestrian streets of the old city. It reminded me of Venice, minus the water and bridges.