Carpentras, capital of the Comtat Venaissin in the heart of
the foothills of Mt. Ventoux.
The St. Siffrein cathedral -15C gothic style church with a
newly renovated facade and Jewish doorway. The interior contains
The 14C Synagogue is simply but richly decorated.
The 18C hospital or «Hôtel Dieu» has a pharmacy
containing old cabinets painted with landscapes and monkey
apothecaries plus a large collection of Moustiers faience.
The Palace of Justice (17C) is a former episcopal palace of
The Roman municipal arch behind the law courts was built at
the same time as the «arc de Triomphe» in Orange.(c20
The enormous «Porte de Orange» is the last remaining
vestige of the 14C remparts.
The town center has many beautiful facades and 3 museums of
Carpentras is known for producing edible specialitiesvaried
candied or glazed fruit and colourful hard candy «berlingots».
You can taste both and even see the berlingots being made.
style lunch at Pernes, former capital of the Comtat and charming
with its narrow streets, 40 public stone fountains and public
Beaumes-de-Venise visit the old Balméenne Oil Mill,
founded in 1856 by the Marquis de Gaudemaris. Taste the olive
oil so typical of the region.
terraced village also produces a fortified sweet white wine
from the Muscat grape cultivated in the area around the jagged
cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail.
On the road to Vacqueras visit Notre Dame
dAubune a romanesque chapel with an elegant bell tower
classed as national heritage.
the way back-- taste, touch, and smell the fresh and coulorful
farm products at the Velleron market.