Lovely Baladine

After enjoying a bit of retail therapy at Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, we continued on Rue des Trois Faucons in s eastward direction. ‘We should hop on a Baladine if one comes along.’ I looked back towards Place des Corps Saints. The sun started to beat down brightly and I was worried if the walk was straining mum’s hip before our visit to Palais des Papes.

Baladine on the move…

 

Baladine was an electric-powered mini bus which went along a designated route every 15 minutes.

A green line with “BAL” was the route of Baladine. The bus would stop at any point as long as the destinations of the passengers were near the wriggly loop.

The size of the mini bus was small – 4 adults plus 2 children if they were toddlers.

Cars, except the ones with permit, were banned from the city centre in Avignon. While we were watching Baradine in action, we witnessed the drivers touching in & out of the streets which were equipped with automatic bollards. As the pass card was pressed to the reader on the column, the bollard lowered itself to the ground level so the bus could entered the street.

Come and enjoy the ride with us!

 

Isn’t Baladine lovely? For this, it costs only 0.60€. What a bargain!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Stroll in Avignon

Conveniently, Avignon’s tourist office was a stone’s throw from our hotel so we decided to visit there first.

Next to the tourist office, there was a small garden, Square Agricol Perdiguier. Roses were blooming and the locals and tourists alike were enjoying quiet afternoon…

Leafy Rue Joseph Vernet. The street was famous for being lined by upmarket boutiques, however, the north end of it which met Avignon’s main street, Cours Jean Jaurés, was a very quiet affair…

The city was well-known for their annual art festival, Festival d’Avignon, and the enthusiasms and interests for performing arts were reflected on the various posters covering the streets…

At the tourist office, we were greeted by a team of very helpful staffs. The informations I wanted to find out the most was about the city’s public transport system. ‘Is there any mini-bus we can use? Like a hop on & off kind?’ The staff behind the counter pulled out a small map from one of the draws and with his Biro, marked a black dot on the sheet. ‘From here, you can catch the Baradine.’, he smiled. ‘It departs every 15 minutes and circulates the city centre anti-clockwise. You can ride and alight anywhere along the route and a single ride costs €0.60.’ Wow, it sounds great, I nodded excitedly.

After leaving the tourist office, mum and I walked to the first stop of the Baladines which was located at the west end of Avenue du 7 e Génie.

Bonjour, le Baradine!

‘Allez-vous a Place de l’Horloge?’, I asked a driver who appeared to be killing time before his shift. He replied that he would but also warned me his Baladine was the last one for the day. ‘I could take you two but you would have to walk back.’, he explained.

Oh, that won’t do. We thanked the driver and headed back to Cours Jean Jaurés.

‘Let’s have a little stroll anyway.’ We had no idea how large the city centre was but decided to explore it on foot…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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