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A visit to Avignon and the Jardin des Doms during the Festival of Avignon

When we go to Avignon, we try to park at the Hotel Mercure garage because the stairs exit close to the Popes’ Palace. Right next to the stairway, is the Hôtel des Monnaies (mint), the earliest private Baroque monument in Avignon. It sits opposite the main entrance to the Popes’ Palace. It was built in 1619 by the Vice-Legate Jean-François de Bagni, and is dedicated to Paul V, the then reigning Pope. In 1860, it became the Conservatoire National de Musique. It was used as such up to 2007.

…Continue reading here to see Michel’s photos from their day in Avignon. There is much to see in this city that was home to seven (7) popes over a 100-year period. There is much history that includes Romanesque churches and medieval fortresses (Fort Saint-André). It’s fun for the kids (and adults) to see the remains of the Pont d’Avignon (Saint Bénézet Bridge).

Read about more things to do while you are in Avignon here.

Where to Stay near Avignon

Rent this beautiful stone house in the middle of Sablet, within walking distance of boulangerie, cafe, butcher, tabac (news store), grocery store, pharmacy and medical offices. Three (3) bedroom house with three (3) bathrooms which include showers and toilets. Large, well-furnished kitchen with a sitting area with wood burning fireplace and adjoining terrace. The master bedroom has an adjoining terrace. The house is air-conditioned and heated by electricity. Sablet is a wine village known for its Côte du Rhone wines. Although as charming as all “touristy” villages as a working wine village, shops and other village services are open year-round.


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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.

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