Our second day of our big trip took us from Beaune, France down to Avignon, which is in the Cotes du Rhone region of France. It was about a three to four hour drive, so we decided to drive just south of Avignon to a little village called St. Remy. We walked around the village center and stopped at the chocolate store, which was very good. Then we headed back up to Avignon to check in to our hotel and explore the city a little bit.
We walked up to the Palace of the Popes and checked out the "Roches des Doms" park that overlooks the Pont d'Avignon (an old bridge that used to cross the Rhone river, now broken). The photos of the kids here are from that hilltop park. It had great views of the river valley and of Avignon itself.
This shot is of the sunset over Avignon and the Palace of the Popes. I did some quick and dirty photoshop to this one, hopefully not too distracting.
And here are Catherine, Ian, and Leah at the northern edge of the hilltop park. You can't tell from the photo here, but there was a fair bit of whining on the walk up, to be replaced by fun and squealing once they got to run around and have some real kid fun!
Finally, there was a Christmas Market in the city square, and both Ian and Leah were just dying to ride the carousel.