It may be hard to imagine feeling the necessity to skip town when the capital has so much to offer. But to really understand France - its people, culture, values and storied past - you'll need to reach beyond the well-heeled streets of Paris. Some of these spots make ideal day trips from the city while others deserve your undivided attention. All are picture- perfect so keep your cameras handy.

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Beautiful Town of Orange

Orange is a charming little town, located in the south of France. Although it may not be as sophisticated as some of the more tourist-driven towns and villages in Provence, it has one of the most well-maintained Roman theaters in Europe. It also has a beautiful town square and offers budget travelers a great selection of charming hotels at a reasonable price.

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We found Orange a good base for touring Pont du Gard, Arles and the western Luberon. In town the theatre is wonderful, there's a good market on Thursdays and some worthwhile restaurants, including the Forum, a very traditional, family run place.

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Orange is a charming little town and a great base for exploring Provence ... nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay there.

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