Posted April 1st, 2014, 05:28 PM
Last edited by rjscott; April 1st, 2014 at 05:34 PM
We are back in Avignon today and we have a more thorough tour of the city. This tour will include the papal palace and the covered market (Les Halles). The papal palace is huge and dates from the 12th century. It is not furnished, but that really, at least to me, does not diminish its impressiveness. Due to the size of the palace and a large number of steps, this tour is not for a mobility challenged person.
From the palace, we walk to Les Halles, the covered market, which is a feast for the senses. There is all manner of stalls here selling meats, various seafood, poultry, cheeses, pastries, spices, wines and produce. It is just delightful, and no one seems to mind us taking photos, which is good because there are some very strange things for sale here. There are...oh, you really have to see it for yourselves!
We leave Les Halles and return to the ship for lunch. Shortly after lunch is the call for the excursion to Chateauneuf du pape. My husband decided he wanted to go on this excursion at the last minute and they had room, so off he went. A bit later, I joined a group of ladies on the Aquavit Terrace for French tea. There were a wonderful selection of pastries(the macarons were to die for!) and teas and we had a lovely day for tea on the terrace. We passed thru some locks during our tea, which slowed our progress down a bit. We were to pick up the excursionists from Chateauneuf du pape at a set time, but it was later when we arrived. Therefore, we would not be able to stop at Viviers this evening for an evening walk. Disappointing, but these things happen. We continue thru locks throughout the evening.
Tonight is the cocktail party for the Viking past passengers. It is very nice. It is on the Aquavit Terrace, and we receive the cocktail or soft drink of our choice. Then the captain addresses the group, and everyone toasts with a shot of Aquavit liqueor. Servers then bring around some nice appetizers; spring rolls, veggie croquette, chicken skewer. All quite tasty. Lastly the servers bring around a shot of plum wine as a finish. It was very nicely done.
Dinner tonight was very gokd again. A very good salad with fresh figs for my appetizer, and trout for my main dish. Most of the table had the coq au vin and all said it was very good. The dessert was unusual but excellent. A small slice of chocolate viennette with a red wine ice cream. Now, that red wine ice cream may sound strange, but it was delicious! A great ending to my day!