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Avignon,Nimes,Arles walking distances

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Background-We're headed to France mid Feb. for our 30th anniversary(first trip to France). First 3.5 days we'll be in Avignon. Then we're onto Paris for 6 days. We are not renting a car due to short days,cost,unfamiliar territory,etc. I know it's reccomended to see the small villages, but that will another trip. So-------

In Avignon, how long of a walk is it from the main train station to Place de L'Horloge? We'll be using the train/bus several times, so I'm wondering if a hotel close to that area would be advised(although I'd rather stay more north where it looks like a better place to base for evening times).

I'm thinking of doing 2 day trips to Nimes and Arles by train. The Roman ruins interest us. Is Nimes too big of a city to see on foot? We are good walkers, but don't want to get overwhelmed. In Arles we'd plan to visit the Sat. market, then just explore.

We are flexible for bad weather or if a trip to the tourist office reaps info on a bus tour that sounds good. We know our timing isn't ideal for getting the full flavor of Provence, but we want to make the best of it. Any other ideas would be welcome! Thanks for all the great help you all have to share!!

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