Think ahead to warm (or even hot) Spring days in Provence – add the magnificent Pope’s Palace (Palais de Papes) and Roses in Avignon a stunning exhibition of roses – sounds very enticing for the bi-annual celebration of the beautiful Rose. AlteraRosa is held in May in every other year – next is 19-21 May 2018 see http://www.avignon-tourisme.com/
For 4 days the Cloister of St Benedict in the Palais de Papes is bedecked with hundreds of varieties of roses, including some new strains – making the whole place a riot of colour and perfume. There is a competition for the best rose and the opportunity to buy or just enjoy.
However implausible it may seem even southern Provence has had snow this winter – so its not just the northern climes which have suffered – see www.avignon-tourisme.com for pictures of Avignon in the snow!!
Avignon is always worth visiting any time of year – a great combination of lively modern city, medieval walled town and Palace, the famous truncated Pont d’Avignon Bridge across the Rhone (real name Pont St Benazit) – surrounded by superb Provençal countryside (St Remy de Provence with its market and Van Gogh connections is only a short distance away- plus plenty of great wines and local produce to enjoy.
For more info on Avignon see www.avignon-tourisme.com