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Arrival in Avignon

Today was the day we left our host families behind in Montpellier, and travelled to Avignon. It was quite a sad morning, as we had all become so close with our families over the past few days, and we were all going to miss them dearly. We said our goodbyes at the local train station, before hopping on the TER to Avignon. It was a 1-hour train ride with lots of beautiful scenery and we all relaxed after an early morning wake up.

Once we arrived in Avignon, there was a small problem meeting the bus, but it was quickly resolved and we were on our way to the Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is the largest aqueduct in the Roman world, and 2,000 years ago it supplied the people of Nîmes with running water throughout 5 centuries. This historical structure stands 50m tall, and runs 360m long.

After we were done at the Gard, we visited the Palais des Papes. A historical castle, which was the seat of the Christian world in the 14th century. This monument bears the mark of the nine popes who succeeded one another there, the most famous of whom were Benedict XII and Clement V. We later returned to our hostel for a well-needed rest.