Mature Flâneur

When the Pope Moved to Provence (well, wouldn’t you if you could?)

Avignon and the Papal Palace

Tim Ward, Mature Flâneur
Globetrotters
Published in
8 min readApr 25, 2024

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The papal palace in Avignon at night. Photo by Teresa Erickson. All other photos by Tim Ward except as noted.

Once upon a time (1309 A.D.), the pope moved his seat of power from Italy to Avignon in Provence. It was all part of a complicated political power play, hastened by instability in Italy and the increasing influence of the King of France. In all, from 1309…

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Tim Ward, Mature Flâneur
Globetrotters

Author, communications expert and publisher of Changemakers Books, Tim is now a full time Mature Flaneur, wandering Europe with Teresa, his beloved wife.