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Avignon and Provence

Nearest Train Station: Avignon Ville/Centre.   Eurostar trains stops at Avignon TGV which is an hour away from Avignon Centre stop, so you can either take a cab or take a shuttle/ train.  Normally your eurostar ticket should cover that as well.  From London, there is a direct train that takes around 6 hours. Avignon  ( French pronunciation:  [a.viˈɲɔ̃] ) is a  commune  in south-eastern  France  in the  department  of  Vaucluse  on the left bank of the  Rhône  river. Of the 90,194 inhabitants of the city (as of 2011), about 12,000 live in the ancient town centre enclosed by its medieval ramparts. Between 1309 and 1377 during the  Avignon Papacy , seven successive popes resided in Avignon and in 1348  Pope Clement VI  bought the town from  Joanna I of Naples . Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the  French Revolution , it became part of France. The town is now the capital of the Vaucluse department and one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. T