Our next base in Provence was Avignon. Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.
Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).
The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond
The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee. Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!
We also had really good meals in Avignon…
First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.
This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!
tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…
Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….
We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream…
For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras…..so yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras….. the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..
Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…
La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…
Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin…. another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…
Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…
Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….
For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..
a stall just for potatos!
we had coffee at the bar…..so authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…
We arrived and also departed Avignon from the TGV station..
The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!
Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.
I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France
2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France
Le Petit Gourmand
37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94
Marché les Halles d’Avignon
18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France
Gare d’Avignon TGV