I spent a week in Provence, France and it changed my idea of what a vacation should be. This region is France’s wine country. Think fresh food and wine, all locally-sourced from the miles and miles of vineyards, apricot trees, olive trees and vegetable farms. Here are my favorite photos from my journey.
We explored quiet corners, seemingly untouched by anyone, built along the countryside cliffs.
Pastel-colored cottages surrounded by miles of olive trees, glistening in the sunlight. The color of these trees are a pale green, almost silver-like – a subtle contrast between the vineyards and apricot trees also prevalent in the area.
Spending downtime with my good friend Nina’s daughter, Mila – one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen.
I climbed to the top of a small village near Lyons, France to see this view of vineyard valleys.
All of the food served in the town’s restaurants are locally-sourced – making it flavorful, fresh and completely perfect.
The streets are as charming as the colors of the town.
The sky is crisp, clear and the sunsets are magical.
Lavender fields are prevalent in the region, as are the distilleries that produce oils, soaps and other goods – sometimes the lavender is picked and bagged and sold in the market. The aromas are amazing.
We went by the town market – filled with handpainted, handcrafted bowls, spoons and other kitchenware, spices, fresh fruits, and anything else you can think of – all created and sourced by locals.
More locally-grown ingredients on fresh-baked pizzas.
We found a sweet vintage shop while walking along the road.
Stopped on the way into town at the lavender fields.
Rose, roasted chicken, roasted tomatoes, mixed greens and fresh-cut potatoes.
You’ll see dozens of vineyards when you drive through this region – and we stopped the car to explore one of these beautiful vineyards along the road.
I took a train to Nyons from Paris to explore this region before heading to Cannes. The weather, food, wine, crisp air, amazing hospitality and charming towns in Provence make it one of the absolute best places to wind down, enjoy the company of your favorite people and vacate to one of the most beautiful places in the world.