Lillian : Avallon is a really pretty town ... a lovely place to explore.
Audrey : This photo is from just in front of L’église Saint-Lazare - lots of really old buildings.
Lillian : In the background - the Clock Tower & Bell Tower behind it, they were built between 1456 & 1459. The building in the centre is the House of the Lords Domecy - it was built in the 15thC and has recently been repaired. In 2007 it did look rather crumbly.
Audrey : The Clock Tower has an arch - you walk right through it from the main shopping street. The Tourist Office is the half-timbered 15thC building on the left ... and then you come to the wonderful statue of a Frog.
I gave the Frog a kiss but it didn't turn into a statue of a Prince.
Lillian : These beautiful tiles are on the floor of the foyer in the Tourist Office.
And this mosaic is from Roman times - it is in the Musee Avallonaise which is well worth a visit.
Audrey : The people of Avallon display a quirky sense of humour ... a fallen stone gets a painted face ... the facade of a house gets a sweet squirrel over the door ...
Audrey : And there are lots of cats in Avallon -
|Cat in an Attic Window|
|Pretending to be a tiger in the jungle|
|Another Cat in another window|
|Let Me Out!|
Lillian : All that exploring does get rather tiring - we had a sit-down on the doorstep of an old house ...
|Double Rhubarb - rhubarb tart and rhubarb glacée|
Lillian : The next day we explored some of the parks and jardins. The massive War Memorial (by Pierre Vigouroux) is at the end of this park - facing L'église Saint-Martin-du-Bourg.
And in the centre of town is Place Vauban with the statue of the Marquis - it is by Bertholdi who also created the Statue of Liberty.
Audrey : It was spring and the gardens were full of flowers -
|Audrey in the Buttercups Ranunculus repens|
|Lillian and Purple Tulips|
|In a patch of Bluebells Hyacinthoides non-scripta|
|Lillian in her new Little Black Dress|
And a Little Blackbird - he sang so beautifully.
Spring-time in Avallon