Whenever we have a half day spare we love to load the kids in the car and explore one of these nearby villages; we've never been disappointed.
A few weeks ago we visited the town of Lambesc.
The view across a vineyard and farm on our way there - Mount Saint Victoire in the background:
Lambesc isn't a tourist town but that doesn't make it any less picturesque or a joy to explore.
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (built in the 1700s) sits within the town centre:
This wall below one side of the church has what looks like war/bullet damage but I couldn't find any references online to Lambesc being the site of fighting. Should've asked a local...
A sombre monument to those who have died in war lies before the church:
In 1909 Lambesc (and surrounding villages) suffered considerable damage in an earthquake which measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. Over 40 people were killed and the earthquake remains the worst in France's history.
The streets are old and atmospheric:
I have a serious addiction to photographing doorways and windows which Lambesc shamelessly encouraged:
For those looking for non-touristy streets to ramble, I would definitely recommend Lambesc.