Avignon stands on the Rhone proper – there is a by-pass channel that through traffic uses – and currents flowing past the town quays mean that care has to be taken when manoeuvring , even in quiet summer months. In less quiet conditions resulting from high rainfall, such as have been the case all over France for the last few weeks, the situation at Avignon can get very serious indeed.

The quays are currently flooded (see above left) and, just to add to this problem, this weekend two barges broke free from their moorings, one hitting a passenger cruise ship and the other the TGV railway bridge where the river proper re-joins the by-pass channel downstream from the city.

Rhone : Cruising in Detail