Damn it felt good to be on the move again after spending a few too many days in Aix-en-Provence in rather depressing hotel room due to the flu! And the flu really had subsided for real after a week, so wonderful feeling to have to energy to walk around in a new city without getting fatigued after first half hour.
Avignon had been a sort of political refuge for a series of eight popes of the Vatican during the middle ages, and that surely left its mark in the city. Well, it’s definitely not as bombastic in style as the Vatican but still the scale of the medieval buildings from papal regime are quite impressive. The post-mediaval parts of the city also looked really nice with loads of zig-zagging narrow streets filled with inviting restaurants and cafes (although many were closed on Monday evening, couldn’t get into any of the three tips I checked from Tripadvisor). Also a quite a bit more lively and larger city than I had presumed, clearly there was contemporary life as well and not just the ghosts of the 8 popes…. ;)
Just as I got rid of the flu I had a new travel companion: a harrowing toothache that had been troubling me the day before somewhat but which really kicked in on Monday. I had to keep a steady dosage of paracetamols every three hours or so, otherwise the pains were overwhelming. It felt bad enough that I decided to bite the bullet and make a visit to a dentist in Lyon. And the situation seeming acute, I decided to skip Arles altogether and head straight to Lyon on Tuesday morning.