3. Provence, European elite’s favorite
Provence is one of the most popular and romantic destinations in the world, and its reputation is well-earned. Wherever you turn, as far as the eye can see, everything seems like a dream. The purple, lavender fields, the bright colors of the wild flowers, the charming stone towns, with narrow streets and quaint shops and cafes: it’s as if you’ve stepped straight into a Van Gogh painting. Its cuisine is a mixture of Mediterranean simplicity and French sophistication and is based on fresh local produce. Towns like Aix-en-Provence with its many fountains and Avignon with its UNESCO-listed Papal Palace are unmissable. And if you want to take a dip in the sapphire blue waters of the Mediterranean, head down to St. Tropez, the glamorous seaside playground of the rich and famous.