To get you in the mood…


Loire Valley


Carcasonne France (en route to Montpellier)



Provence & French Riviera

Èze, French Riviera

Population: 2,343

For a more subdued Riviera experience, bypass Nice and Cannes for Èze, whose rocky hillside location 1,400 feet above the sea promises stunning views of the Mediterranean. After a dizzying hike to the town’s summit, enjoy a well-deserved meal at La Chèvre d’Or, a two-starred Michelin restaurant helmed by chef Arnaud Faye.

Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence

Population: 5,112

Located along the Cote d’Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer is the quiet fishing village summer dreams are made of. Spend lazy afternoons sipping coffee and enjoying the ocean breeze, and make sure to stop by Chapelle St-Pierre, a small 14th-century chapel on the Quai Corbet. While the pink exterior is charming enough, it’s the church’s interior that will wow you: The walls are covered with vivid, mystical frescoes painted by Jean Cocteau, the prolific French artist who spent many summers in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Saint Tropez