Short break in Avignon
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It was this day my trip "really" started and all the evening before I was terribly nervous and begging for not having forgotten any important detail. But suddenly it was 9:05 am and too late for any further worries. Slowly the landscape we rushed through changed and after three hours the TGV arrived at the station Avignon TGV. It looks quite funny, as it is a futuristic glass-building in the middle of a wonderfully green park with a fence build up in a large distance around it - made of steel, painted black and in the combination with the park it looked as if someone has dumped a big glass football on a millionaire's villa. I had only 5 hours before my train to Marseille would and stupidly I wasted the first 20 minutes for rushing around the station to find some lockers for my bag.
After another 10 minutes we arrived at the bus station and I went to the train station to finally leave by luggage there. There, again I rushed around without seeing any lockers until I finally noticed the sign that they are in a separate building next to the station.
Some kilos lighter I finally made my way into the old town of Avignon, already curious of the Palais des Papes. To be honest, it's smaller than I expected it to be, but nevertheless amazing. Due to the high entrance fee I refused to go inside and instead I spent some time in the park next to it and in the old town of Avignon which is sooo beautiful! Everytime you turn into one of the tiny streets you find new enchanting details, little shops, stands, churches, whatever. I was really gratefull for the streets being so narrow because this kept everything in the shade - otherwise I suppose I'd have spent most of the time in a cafè as it had much over 30°C without any tiniest cloud in the sky. The fact that the climat in Germany had been pretty cold by then didn't make the heat easier to cope with.
After some hours and some kilometres walked I went back to the station to get my luggage and went for the bus back to the TGV station. This short detour should give me a little outlook on what was waiting for me the next days: Heat, long and damn exhausting walks but also unforgettable impressions and moments of feeling to be in heaven.