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It’s a sad day–this post marks the end of my travel posts about my summer abroad. My last two days in France were spent in Avignon, which was charming and unique. I really loved it there, and can’t wait to visit Provence again. Enjoy the last of the photos!

My first evening in Avignon, the setting sun colored the Pope's Palace golden while a rising moon appeared in the sky overhead.

Here's another view of the palace. Yes, it's huge!

Avignon wasn’t just a great big medieval palace. Other highlights of the town included a lovely garden on cliffs overlooking the Rhone and the refreshing blow of the Mistral, the Provencal wind that makes even summer days cool.

Lots of late summer flowers were in bloom.

The flowers of Provence

Last, these mysterious painted “windows” on several buildings required more than a passing glance. I would love to know who painted them, and if there are any stories to the scenes depicted inside.

Views into the "windows" of Avignon

Who are these people?

And can they see me?

Here’s one more of the Palace, just for good measure.

Under the bright blue Provence sky.

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Avignon was a lively and cute town with ample street entertainment. My two favorite musical moments are featured here.

This band attracted a huge crowd in the square outside the Papal Palace, and for good reason. They played a lively rendition of Havah Negilah--It's possible I was the only Jew in the crowd, but the song was a crowdpleaser nonetheless!

This guy just couldn't help himself--he liked the band so much, he had to get out there and dance! It was a little bizarre, but also entertaining.

From their matching outfits to their energetic performance, this band really put on a show. Increasing the odd factor in the audience, a toddler started wandering into the empty space in front of the band and the dancing guy started dancing behind the toddler. I doubt I was alone in thinking the guy was a little weird, and possibly drunk…

The baby never even noticed him!

They would make an awesome wedding or bar/bat mitzvah band!

My other favorite musical moment in Avignon was when I discovered an accordion player in a narrow street surrounded by high rock walls behind the Papal Palace. His music was lovely (think Amélie soundtrack) and two members of his audience spontaneously started dancing in the street. It was magical!

Dancing in the streets of Avignon

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I spent my last two nights in Europe in the charming town of Avignon, home of the French Papal Palace, and the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet, the subject of the well-known folk song. The bridge was built in the 1100s and later partially collapsed as a result of river flooding. Now people pay about 10 euros to walk on a “Bridge to Nowhere” (that one is for my Constitutional Law professor!). The Rhône valley is stunningly beautiful, and the partially-collapsed bridge and river are very photogenic.

Sleepy ducks on the river banks.

View of the Rhone from the cliff-top gardens by the Papal Palace.

The beginning of the bridge at the edge of the city walls.

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