Did you know that the Vatican isn't the only papal residence? The Palais des Papes in Avignon was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. Six papal conclaves were held in the Palais, leading to the elections of Benedict XII in 1334, Clement VI in 1342, Innocent VI in 1352, Urban V in 1362, Gregory XI in 1370 and Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.
It's suffered fires, looting and abandonment. But it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and the impressive complex is well worth a visit.
More than 650,000 people visit each year. But my friend Amanda, who you might know as @MarocMama, and I visited earlier this week with less than 10 other people in the whole palace. Just another reason to visit Provence in the winter, aside from all the truffle goodness!.