We're booked for 2 weeks in France next June 21st to July 5th. Arrive Saturday the 21st and we're spending a week in Nice and surrounding areas. 2nd week, 28th to July 5th, we are moving to Provence, flying out of Marseilles on Saturday July 5. We will have a car in Provence. Very close to booking an apartment in L'Isle sur la Sourge and wanted opinions.
After a week in Nice, we want a smaller feel, so don't want to stay in Avignon. We'd like a town that is big enough to have culture, warmth, restaurants, nightlife, etc. We are a family of 4; Parents mid 40's, two girls 13&11. Looking for a base to stay that will be big enough to return to in the PM for the evening; dinner, drinks, walks, etc.
I/we would like to see Avignon (Popes Palace, bridge, cathedral, etc), Nimes (Pont du Gard, Old Town, etc), Arles (Colosseum -- we were in Rome 3 summers ago, UNESCO church, VG Promenade), possibly Les Baux and St. Remy, L'Isle sur la Sourge, Fontaine de Vaucluse (not imperative, but if we stay in LSLS, it's so close), Gordes, and Roussilon if it's worth it. Also, Abbay de Senanque if the timing is right (is it worth it?)
Thoughts? Avignon seems well centered, should we consider it? We want to enjoy the evenings at a slower pace, and don't HAVE to jam all of these things into a week. Any of these you would ditch? Any can't misses that I've missed? Can Nimes/Pont du Gard be done in a day with Arles? Too short? Too much driving? I assume Avignon is a full day (at least?) LSLS, Fontaine, Gordes could be done in a day, yes? Les Baux and St Remy in a day as well? Should we stay in one of these towns for a better central location?
Anyhow, I think you get the gist of what I'm looking for. Any insights and advice are much appreciated!