Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Pope's Palace

One of our walking tours was of the Pope's Palace. 

We didn't choose to go inside. 

I have mixed feelings about religious places doubling as tourist attractions. 

We agreed that the outside grounds and the views over the river were more than sufficient to satisfy us.
I've already talked a bit about the history of this place

And many of the photos of Pont d'Avignon were taken from here.

Hmmm. Decorative barbed wire?


Anonymous said...

Ive never been to Avignon but have heard it's beautiful, it was our third year school trip but I had a habit of paying then cancelling at the last minute. My insecurities drove my parents up the wall.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a beautiful place to stop and visit.

BigLittleWolf said...

For all the times I've traveled through and even lived in France at various points, I've also never seen Avignon. Looks quite lovely.

I don't mind touring religious sites - inside or out. But I do get bored after awhile... unless there's art. Then, it's a whole other matter. I'm mesmerized.

Beryl said...

I like what you said about religious places being used as tourist attractions. My first trip to Europe was a real surprise - I was confused by all the non-Roman Catholics trying to go into the churches in shorts and sleeveless tops. I never thought of them as art filled destinations, and the tourists never thought of them as churches.

Carolyn said...

I know what you mean about places of worship, and the truth is that so many of the world's most architecturally beautiful and interesting buildings are religious so it is almost impossible to avoid.
Uluru in Australia is a place of great significance to Australian aborigines and yet tourists will insist on climbing it. Very disrespectful. I always relate it to how I would feel if it were my church, and behave accordingly.