We were actually looking for a Rick Steves recommendation when we stumbled upon this instead, on a quiet side street. We had the resto to ourselves for lunch and for the best meal I've ever had, I paid 15 euros, plus an extra tip (generally you don't tip in Europe cause it's already included, but if you have really good food/service, you leave a little something). The waiter was really nice and the chef brought out our meals himself! We shared a demi-bouteille (half bottle) of some amazing rose wine from the area and we both got one of the plats du jour--salmon for Joy and (what I later found out was) guinea fowl for me (some sort of bird) with cherries and a risotto of a local grain mixed with spices on the side, complete with a roasted garlic clove (sooooo delicious). I can still taste it. I even went back there on my last night (went back to Avignon at the end b/c it's the easiest place to connect with Paris). Joy would have come too, but she got sick and went home a day early :(
View of the Pope's Palace across the Rhone. This is Avignon's main claim to fame--in the 1300-1400s, the Popes moved from Rome to Avignon, which was actually owned by the Vatican until the French Revolution (1789). On my last day I took a bus across the river to climb the Tower of Philippe le Bel (located in Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon, the "French" side, built to control access to France) for this lovely view.
Our arrival in Provence! Just leaving the Avignon train station, still laden with our backpacks.