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Provence and the Côte d’Azur – Day 5: Avignon

Today I made a tour to Avignon . A beautiful town with a wonderful old city. Exploring narrow streets I finally visited the Place du Palais with a lot of beautiful Romanesque buildings, the Palais de Papes and le Pont d’Avignon.

Le Rhône
Le Rhône
Pont d'Avignon
Pont d'Avignon

The Saint-Bénezet bridge is also known as the Pont d’Avignon. The bridge was built in th 12th century. Often damaged by floods and during wars it was rebuilt again and again until the 17th century. Today only four of its spans and a small chapel has survived.

Palais des Papes
Palais des Papes

The Palais des Papes was the seat of the Christian world in the 14th century. For over 70 years this palace was the home of nine popes. Today this large Gothic palace is an Unesco World Heritage site.

Place du Palais
Place du Palais
Cathédrale de Notre Dame des Doms
Cathédrale de Notre Dame des Doms at Place du Palais
Small park of the cathedral
Small park of the cathedral with an awesome view over Avignon

Provence and the Côte d’Azur – Day 2: Château d’If and les Îles du Frioul

Today I visited the Château d’If and the Îles du Frioul, located in the Mediterranean Sea in front of Marseille. It was a wonderful day and I took to much photos. Never fear – I will pick a samll selection for you.

The tour started with a lot of sailing boats. At the moment there is the 21th Juris’ Cup at Marseille. So the Vieux Port is full of small and large sailing boats.

Port Vieux
Port Vieux

Château d’if was really cool. This defensive fortification was later used as a prison. It became legendary for its prisoners – the real (a rhinoceros – yes you heard correctly) and the imaginery ones (Monte Christo). Well, I spent a lot of time there, exploring all smaller and larger dungeons – very amazing.

Château d'If
Château d'If
Door of a Dungeon at Château d'If
Door of a Dungeon at Château d'If - fortunately open 🙂
View from Îles du Friuol
View from Îles du Friuol to the Château d'If and Marseille in the background. (on the left: L'Hôpital Caroline)
View from Îles du Friuol
View from Îles du Friuol once again
Well, last stop were the Îles du Frioul, where I walked across the awesome meagure nature and ruins from more defensive fortifications (Fort de Ratonneau) and of a hospital (L’Hôpital Caroline). These islands were also used to defend Marseille. And some military is still based there. From the 17th to the 19th the islands were used to quaratine people suspected to have plague or cholera.
Îles du Frioul
One of the many bays of the Îles du Frioul
Îles du Frioul
At L'Hôpital Caroline, Îles du Frioul
Îles du Frioul
At Fort du Ratonneau, Îles du Frioul

Olympic Village 1936, Elstal (part 1)

The olympic village in Elstal near Berlin was the accommodation centre for the participants of the Summer Olympic Games 1936. After the games, the village was used as an officer’s academy by the German army. After the war, the whole area was used by the Russian army until 1992. Today, the Olympic Village is a memorial area, the area and some of its buildings can be visited.

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