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Avignon — From a Roman town to the Palace of the Popes in the 14th century, Avignon is now a town of Festival, ponts, history, shopping and tourism.
Uzès — Uzès, once a Roman town; the 11th-c Duché castle, still with the original family. It's Place aux Herbes is a great Saturday market.
January is a month of Nativity scenes (crèches) displayed in narrow village streets, house and shop windows and life-size in village squares. Our favorite is the annual village of crèches in Lucéram.
Many towns and village of Provence also have amazing displays of santons. For wine lovers, Bandol has their annual celebration the first Sunday. Truffle season continues with the traditional market at Richerenches and continues on at Riez, Carpentras and Aups.
Lucéram — The annual 'village of creches' is famous and fabulous.
Riez — Riez la Romaine with extensive Roman ruins, a well know truffle market every Wednesday through the winter. Good dining possibilities.
Arles — Gallo-Roman town on the Rhone, beside the Camargue, has its Santonniers fair until mid-January.
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape — of the world-famous Cotes de Rhone wine, this medieval village has the ruins of the Avignon Popes' old castle. We've added 20 new photos.