France’s impossibly scenic southeastern region is filled with lavender fields, Roman ruins, sleepy villages, storied second cities, salt marshes, and so many bucolic vistas it’s hard to know where to point your camera next. Not surprisingly, its beauty has inspired a number of artists, from Cézanne and Van Gogh to Picasso. This is also the place for some of France’s best antiquing, wine tasting, and dining—whether at a family-run mas (farmhouse) restaurant, a Michelin-starred temple de haute cuisine, or a DIY picnic crafted from Provençal edibles purchased at a local farmers’ market.
Eating some of the finest cuisine in the South of France at Le Clos de la Violette in Aix-en-Provence.
Picking up antiques from the dealers along the Avenue des Quatres Otages in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Dining with locals on oysters, sea urchin, and white wine from the fishmongers’ stands at the entrance to the Marché à la Brocante in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.