Easiest journey to france ever with the direct eurostar train to avignon. (london-Lyon-Avignon) My sister and niece collected me and we spent the afternoon shopping in Avignon, as we were coming out fot eh shops this was happening in the streets a fantastic unexpected carnival .Most beautiful giraffes.
i went to boarding school/lycee in Avignon (as they did an art baccalaureat) , my parents are about 1 hour north of avignon they live in pierrelatte in Drome, city right between montelimar and orange (bit more known). My sister only 20 min right by the ardeche gorges and luckily my niece now a teacher in pierrelatte so she is building a house in another village in a plt of land near her dad in St cecile les vignes...so lucky they are all near by.
by train quick quick i left london at 7am and was in avignon at 2pm so 6 hours :)