Quite unusually for an apartment in the centre of the village, l'Autre Rive enjoys this spacious terrace garden where you can relax in mottled shade. If you feel like a walk, you can see the famous Palais du Pape in Avignon from the park which is nearby the apartment.
l'Autre Rive sits in the historical centre of Villeneuve-les-Avignon. In the 14th Century when Avignon was the headquarters of the Catholic church, many Church Cardinals wanted to escape the heat, grime and crowded conditions of Avignon, and so moved across the river to Villeneuve. Here they built magnificent palaces for themselves.
This apartment used to form part of a Cardinal's Palace in the 14th century. It is now a luxury apartment with a private terrasse. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the ground floor, in addition to a kitchen and living room, there is a bedroom and a shared bathroom. On the mezzanine above the living room is another bedroom. On the first floor there is an en-suite bedroom with its own shower room.
From l'Autre Rive you have a short walk to a selection of restaurants and historical sites, as well as local amenities such as the butcher, the baker, the fruit & vegetable shop and more.
The village itself is very pretty, and is perched on a hill the other side of the Rhone River from Avignon proper; the views are great. Local commerce is excellent in Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Villeneuve has one of the best "brocantes" (flea markets) in the south of France on Saturday morning and if you go early you will see dealers from L'Isle sur la Sorgue trying to snatch up goods.Except during a short morning rush hour, the trip between Avignon and Villeneuve takes only about 10 minutes.
To visit Avignon you can walk, take the bus or drive over the bridge. Parking in Avignon can be difficult, so foot power or public transport makes great sense. However parking is available just across the bridge you take into the city.
Avignon is one of the three main cities in Provence, along with Marseille and Aix-en-Provence; it became even more important city of Provence after 1308 when the Popes moved to Avignon.This radical move would prove a major influence and boost to the city.
In 1308 Pope Clement V, a Frenchman, announced that the new home of the papacy was to be in Avignon. Avignon was a small town of 5,000 people and it on the borders of the only territory owned by the papacy to lie outside Italy so it was safe from the political problems. It was also on the border of France, who since the Pope was French, the French King was very powerful ally.Soon Avignon would grow larger than Romae, and become one of the wealthiest and most glittering cities of Europe. The city dripped gold and jewels, full of glamour. To many people, most notably the Italian Petrarch, Avignon symbolized gredd, nepotism, corruption, abuse of power, and outrageous moral laxity.
Avignon had 7 successive popes, each one totally different from his predecessor and successor.
Avignon as we see it is essentially the same medieval city built by the Popes. The only major change is the construction of the Rue de la Republique along with the train station around 1850.The most iconic symbol of Avignon is the ramparts, the current ones built in 1358.