Châteauneuf du Pape

Châteauneuf du Pape (New Castle of the Pope) is named for the Pope’s summer retreat but is now a ruin. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the city of Avignon. It is a beautiful hill top town where we had a wonderful meal at Le Verger des Papes. Today the town is famous for its blend of 8 different grapes, with Grenache being the prominent grape, which is well controlled to produce “big” wines.
Châteauneuf du Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape. Castle ruin.
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Châteauneuf du Pape.
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Châteauneuf du Pape.
Châteauneuf du Pape
Interior of the church.
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Interior of the church.
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This was a very nice church, but I can't remember the name of it.
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Interior of the church.
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Châteauneuf du Pape. Main square.
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Working our way up to the castle.
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Sign poiinting us toward Le Verger des Papes, the restaurant where we had lunch.
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View from the Le Verger des Papes where we enjoyed lunch. The main course was bull tail, which was actually quite good.
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The "new" castle of the Popes, the Châteauneuf du Pape.
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Le Verger des Papes.
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Le Verger des Papes. Rhone river in the background.
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Châteauneuf du Pape. Coming down from the castle.
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Châteauneuf du Pape. Walking the streets.
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Le Verger des Papes.
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Châteauneuf du Pape. Walking the streets.
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On our way to Vaison la Romain.
Châteauneuf du Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape. Walking the streets.