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Who would believe it was November! We left Daisy in the cool of the coach and headed back into Avignon to visit the Palais des Papes.

Our visit included an excellent audio guide which told us about the history and functions within the palace. We thought it was big from the outside but once inside it was enormous with huge halls, rooms and staircases. The Palais is actually made up of two buildings: the old Palais of Benedict XII which sits on the impregnable rock of Doms, and the new Palais of Clement VI the most extravagant of the Avignon popes. Construction was started in 1335 and completed in less than twenty years under the leadership of two builder popes. The Popes’ Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe (15,000 m2 of floor space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals).

Today it is very hard to imagine how the palace would have looked at the time of the popes. Many of the ornate frescoes and extravagant furnishing are no longer there except in one or two areas which we were not able to photograph. However there were a number of films showing how it would have looked from research undertaken.

We spent a good two plus hours exploring the palace and ended up eating our packed lunch on the roof terrace with views over the city.

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