25.05.2013 8 °C
Our stay in Avignon was amazing. Avignon is a very interesting and historic town. At this time of the year it is very busy and "touristy". It is home to the palace of the popes. It has about 2000 years of history. Rome had become impossible for the popes to govern so they set themselves up in Avignon France. It wasn't until later that a strong movement of opinion was formed that took the pope back to Rome. The palace that Neal and I visited took about 30 years to build. It is an amazing place and worth a visit.
We had an overnight stay in Avignon and we both liked the place very much. Lots of Gelato places and Patisserie's. Shame I cannot taste most of the pastries. We had a chance to taste some fine French food at our evening meal but I was not game enough to order snails which was on the menu, snails in a butter sauce from memory.
Breakfast was interesting, there was a juicer there to cut and juice our own oranges for fresh orange juice. It appears that they love their cheeses and hams and salami's so there was a selection of those. They don't really have bacon and eggs. In Italy they have prosciutto and scrambled eggs and in France you can boil your own eggs using an egg boiler or have scrambled eggs and ham. Their fruit salad is not like our fruit salad with many fruits. Both in Italy and France they appear to only have pineapple and apple and a few grapes in their fruit salads. The strawberries and kiwi fruit are in a separate bowl. It is easier to find gluten free food in Italy than it is in France.
After Avignon we decided to hop in the car and continue our journey towards Switzerland-Austria. As we were unsure what to do with autobahn (Swiss Motorway Vignette) passes, Neal decided to stay in Saint Julien En Genevois (Geneva) for one night which is located on the French side of the French-Switzerland border. The scenery was beautiful and breathtaking at times.
We did not spend a lot of time in Saint Julien En Genevois as it was raining and very cold so we decided to spend the next day driving to Austria.