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Avignon sits on the banks of the Rhône in the southeastern French district of Vaucluse, 40 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The city is famous for its arched bridge which, following its collapse and subsequent lack of repair, juts out only four arches long over the river. Hire a car from Avignon TGV Railway Station and you'll get to explore the stunning surroundings of this historic old city. Drive through the medieval gateways and visit the vast Gothic 14th century Palace of the Popes overlooking the city and its river – a relic from when the city was home to Pope Clement – and venture next door to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon.
Those who are looking to indulge themselves in retail therapy should explore both Avignon's old and new towns. A stroll along Rue de la République offers the chance of a bargainous piece of clothing or souvenir, while Les Halles market presents a traditional shopping experience. Rent a car from Avignon TGV Railway Station and venture an hour out of the city to the Alps. Mont Ventoux is the highest point of the Provence region and has formed part of a fearsome mountain stage of Le Tour de France with its unforgiving gradient. The slighter Lubéron mountain range is closer to the Avignon and is well known for its fantastic flora and fauna.