Le Prieure and Avignon

Le Prieure and Avignon
If you’re looking for nice accommodations in Avignon, then I suggest staying at Le Prieure. This Relais & Chateaux hotel, located in Villeneuve Les Avignon, was once an abbey. Now, it’s a classy, comfortable hotel. From the moment you arrive at this establishment, you feel its charm envelop you. Making your way from the treed parking lot, which is under constant electronic surveillance, to the reception area, the first things you notice are two clay tennis courts on your left. Continuing on to the reception, you walk along a delightful path, surrounded on all sides by an arched trellis covered with roses. To the left is a pretty little garden full of flowers; to the right is the pool. Leaving the garden, you walk through the outdoor dining area which, depending on the time of day, can be filled with guests enjoying the hotel’s tasty offerings. And when I say tasty, I mean tasty. The dinners at Le Prieure are very good. They serve usually three flavors of breads each night for dinner, and all are interesting and homemade. It was at Le Prieure that I had the best fish of the trip: a John Dory in a light, creamy mint sauce with fresh peas and favas. For desert, I recommend the orange caramel soufflé. The huge breakfast buffet is also very attractive for breakfast-lovers. Among the items offered are sausage, turkey, cereal, muffins, apple sauce, eggs, bacon, and yogurt. After checking in and being shown to your rooms, you’ll notice that they’re immaculately kept. The beds are comfortable, and the bathrooms are exceptional. In fact, the bathrooms are the best of any hotel on this trip. Our bathroom had a bath, shower, bidet, full-length mirror, very nice sinks, etc. And to top it off, the pressure was good and the water was hot. (I don’t know about the bidet.) Even though the bathrooms are really nice, the balcony is undoubtedly the best part of the hotel. Each balcony has a table, some chairs, and a retractable sun shade. This allows you to sit on your balcony in comfort, even on hot, sunny days. (I might add that this is a very good amenity for looking down at the attractive ladies at the pool.) Being based at Le Prieure, you have access to Villeneuve Les Avignon. Although the town is little, there are a few bars and ice cream shops. There are also at least two barber shops, a few bakeries, and a post office (for those people who, like me, still send “snail mail”). Secondly, you are close to two train stations, three airports, and two golf courses. Lastly, you are only minutes from Avignon. Avignon is really a neat place. This fully walled, fortified city is where the popes were housed for a while after the French kidnapped one of the them and moved the Papacy. If you enjoy history, then you should definitely visit the Papal Palace. This building is incredible. In previous articles, I mentioned that I don’t like audio guides, but I really enjoyed the audio guide at the Papal Palace. I recommend taking one when you buy tickets. Shopping in Avignon is OK, but nothing to write home about. There are a few good stores, such as Calvin Klein, but the majority of them are not too great. There are, however, plenty of cafes. In fact, the first things we saw when entering Avignon were cafes. Continue to the center of Avignon and you’ll find a big square filled with cafes—along with a double-decker merry-go-round, which looks mighty fun. I’ve forgotten the French name, but in English it is something like “The Square of the Clock.” This is due to the large clock in the top of one of the prominent buildings of the square. I enjoyed Avignon, yet I’m glad I only stayed for a few days. Frankly, it was a little hot, and there wasn’t a whole lot to do beyond wandering around and seeing the Papal Palace. I am very glad that we stayed at Le Prieure: it really is an excellent establishment, and it made our stay in the area very enjoyable. Contact info for Le Prieure:7, Place du Chapitre30400 Villeneuve Lez AvignonTel: 04 90 15 90 15Fax: 04 90 25 45 39E-mail: [email protected]www.leprieure.fr Taylor Horton is a high school student who considers himself very fortunate to be writing for Bonjour Paris this summer.
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