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Base for Provence in September

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We are planning a 10 day visit to the Provence region this fall--our dates are August 26-September 5th.

We are starting with a 3 night stay (2 full days) in Aix-en-Provence. We will rent a car as we leave Aix on Monday the 29th and keep the car for the entire week. We don't plan on using the car every day, but there are areas we'd like to visit that are not easily accessible by public transportation.

We're torn between spending a week in Arles or Avignon, but we are open to other towns/cities also. We probably would get bored in a very small village, so a mid size town or city would be best, we think. We'd like a town with an interesting "old town" area with many restaurants to choose from. We enjoy just wandering, stopping for a glass of wine or a long lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Of course, we plan on visiting the main attractions, but we're not looking to tick boxes on a list of "must-sees". We really are slow-travelers!

Here are some other towns we're considering for day trips: Nimes, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Uzes (for the Saturday market), Orange and Carpentras. Any opinions on these towns for a base instead of Arles or Avignon? Opinions on Arles or Avignon as a base? We will most likely rent an apartment rather than stay in a hotel.

Thanks in advance for any advice, suggestions or comments!

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