Everyone from ancient Romans to Post-Impressionist artists to movie stars have been lured to the enchanting South of France. Its abundance of lavender-laced valleys, glittering seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, all bathed in translucent light, are downright seductive.
Journey with freelance travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy to discover Provence and the Côte d’Azur, including the region’s most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art in a virtual exploration using maps, photos, videos, and other visuals.
Kennedy, a freelance travel writer and editor, is a former senior editor at National Geographic Travel Publishing. She served as an expert on National Geographic Expedition tours to Italy and France and wrote the National Geographic Traveler: Provence and the Côte d’Azur guidebook.
Off the Beaten Path
Discover some of the South of France’s lesser-known charms, including Mercantour National Park, home to chamois and wolves, and the Gorges du Verdon, known as Europe’s Grand Canyon. Follow Napoleon’s route through the backcountry as he headed to Paris to reclaim his power; learn about faïence in Moustiers-Ste.-Marie; travel lavender routes in the plateau de Valensole; and explore more Roman ruins in Vaison-la-Romain, Orange, and the Pont-du-Gard. The tour ends with the surprising Camargue, where bulls, white horses, and flamingoes roam free.
Additional Sessions of the Spring in the South of France Series