"the south of France"
Avignon Travel Blog› entry 35 of 42 › view all entries
After getting out of Nice ASAP, I headed into Provence to Avignon. As soon as I arrived I felt much more at ease - things were looking much more like I would expect a French town/city to look. I spent the late afternoon/early evening wandering around & getting lost amongst the twisting little streets.
Unfortunately the hostel was probably the worst I've stayed at on my travels - it's actually a campground & hostel with apparently over 180 beds (there's a big festival in Avignon in the summer, so I guess they do good business then). The staff were very nice & they had a decent breakfast included, but the rooms were very basic, beds uncomfortable, didn't actually have real pillows, I woke up with a bunch of bed-bug bites, the showers had mould all over the ceiling, there was no lounge/kitchen or common area.
Now we backpackers take enough of a gamble with leaving all our worldly possessions at the mercy of 5-10 complete strangers staying in the same room, but to leave them where literally anyone could walk in off the street and take their pick???
So this morning I headed straight for the nearest budget hotel & got myself the cheapest room - now it's tiny, smells a little smokey, and the toilet is down the hall, but it's just me, there's no mould, there is a TV, and I get a key for the door! Oh what luxury!
Once my belongings were somewhere safe, I spent the day exploring Avignon.
I also wandered through a couple of nice food markets throughout the day, plus the obligatory Christmas market that you will find in every European city/town, or so it seems. Everywhere I've stopped over the last few weeks they were putting together lines of little pre-fab huts in preparation for the Christmas market season (somewhere a little-hut manufacturer is making millions, and the fairy-light companies are making a mint out of Europe too). I can't believe it's December already.