Pont d'Avignon, Avignon bridge

48 hours in Avignon

Five hours on the train from London St Pancras to Avignon TGV, a journey peppered with lavender and sunflower fields; vineyards and olive groves, makes this lovely Provencial town an easy weekend visit. Unsurprisingly, the charm lies within the high walls of the old town, where narrow streets and plazas offer plenty in the way of boulangeries, bars, restaurants (Bazou is a must), and the daily fresh produce market, Les Halles, is the place to pick up everything from purple garlic and carrots, to cocoa-covered almonds, spice mixes and juicy apricots. A short walk and a regular free, five minute, ferry shuttle across the Rhone, is Ile de la Barthelasse, a verdant island to picnic in front of the famous Pont de Avignon, pick up some fresh supplies from the farm shop, or settle down for three courses at Le Bercail – I highly recommend the house speciality Joues de cochon au miel.

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