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Carpentras, Comtat Venaissin capital city, with its about 30,000 inhabitants is a medium-sized town with a long past, as witness its rich architectural patrimony and museums. To-day’s post subject is to show you the liveliness and some of the illuminations the city is displaying this year for Christmas.
In the 17th century Chapelle du Collège, an exhibition of ornamental figures for a Christmas crib can be admired every year. This first photo dates from 2008.
The Hôtel-Dieu is a former hospital built in the 18th century.
The former theatre has become the tourist information office and a ‘house of the area’. In front of it, behind the ‘penguins’, a small rink welcomes the little and the big.
These decorations don’t need a caption.
On Christmas Eve, at dusk, the ‘Night of Light’ show, mixing dances and fireworks, takes place beside St.Siffrein Cathedral.
It was worth standing up to the freezing wind.
At the end of the show, a snow storm broke out. But the cause of the unexpected phenomenon, the ‘gun’ throwing up these scraps of paper, is visible on the left. This tiny nook in Provence will eventually have had its white Christmas! Huberaime