avignon – short stop
July 16, 2012
From the TGV station into town to pick up a local train – a reed bed in a contemporary water feature is a surprise. The station building itself is a thing of wonder . . .
. . . jumping off the bus at Cours Jean Jaures – more water and time for a chat and gentle reflection.
Down the busy Cours in full festival mode – a joyful holiday feeling. It’s fun here.
. . . but off the main drag, there are shady places for sitting around and contemplating . . .
Luscious foliage on the rocky water feature and equally on the magnolia.
Dont tug que may tot jorn prendo plazer. . .
Verses, chansos, siruentes, pastorelas,
Dansas, descortz, redondels, viandelas,
Am bel so gay, melodios, plazen,
Balan, trescan o lors obran fazen;
E motas vetz, per fugir ad enueg,
Per los jorns loncz, o can fa longa nueg,
Legen dictatz, gestas o bels romans.
From which a great number of people always take pleasure. . .
with pretty tunes, gay, melodious, and pleasurable,
as they dance and leap around or do their work;
and, frequently, to raise their spirits
on long days, or when the nights are long,
they read verses, tales or romances. Raimon de Cornet