We had a fairly easy day through the farmland outside of Avignon. The GPS in the IPad was critical to our route finding since there were so many roads. We rode along waterways and through small farms for almost 30 km.
The road into Avignon was one of the best we've had into a large city. There was a a good shoulder or a bike lane the whole way. We were arriving on day of a music festival and the town was jumping. We walked around and saw the outside of the major attractions before the party started.
This local street band caught our eye and ears since they were playing "When the Saints go marching in."
The crowd kept getting bigger and the music louder.
We don't know when the party ended, but we're sure it was a late. Today, Wednesday, we did our sightseeing. The palace of the Popes of Avignon was established in 1309 and nine Popes resided here over a hundred year period. The palace was continually added on to and is one of the largest in the world at over 15,000 square meters (over 160,000 square feet). The walls are amazingly thick and hold up one massive room on top of another.
Here is the major dining room.
And the large chapel.
Tomorrow we are on our way towards Arles.