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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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uilt to protect the city from the assaults

by gangs of marauding mercenaries. Work

began in 1355 during the Papacy of Pope

Innocent VI and were completed in 1370

under the reign of Pope Urban V. The

entrance of the Avignon Bridge provides

access onto the ramparts, and to the Rocher

des Doms Gardens. The views over the city

and the Rhône River are breath-taking.

“Very few medieval cities in Provence have

intact ramparts today because they were

sometimes demolished by kings to weaken

the power of the local community for

instance Louis XIV ordered the demolition of

Orange’s fortifications in 1660, which makes

Avignon’s ramparts all the more special. And

sometimes they were just taken by the locals

to use for building materials.” says Emily

Durand of Your Private Provence.

But don’t go thinking Avignon is a museum

town – it’s a vibrant city with lots of

beautiful squares where you can sit and

watch the world go by at superb bars

and restaurants. There are more than a

dozen museums and year-round festivals.

You’ll find fabulous markets (don’t miss

Les Halles), and it’s the perfect place to

wander with picturesque streets lined with

magnificent architectural gems.

Recommended tour:

Heritage sites and

lavender tour

Where to eat out in

Avignon as recommended

by the locals

Top things to do in Avignon

yourprivateprovence.com/escortedtravel-perks/provence-heritage-sites-tour

thegoodlifefrance.com/10-greatrestaurants-and-bars-in-avignonprovence/

thegoodlifefrance.com/top-ten-things-tosee-in-avignon/

Palais of the Papes when it was used as a barracks

Inside Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

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