Provence attracts the world’s elite, including Hollywood stars, fashionistas and the supremely wealthy. Painted by Paul Cézanne and written about by Albert Camus, Provence has natural beauty (towering cypress trees, sprawling vineyards, vibrant lavender fields), as well as charming villages and daily markets. For a truly luxurious trip, though, you have to go beyond the typical tourist traps. Here’s how to experience the very best that Provence has to offer.
Sophisticated perfume and beauty excursions
Maison Galimard, a perfume factory and museum in the world’s perfume capital, offers tours of their perfume factory and museum. See antique production equipment, visit the laboratory, learn about how perfume is made and visit the shop afterward for some stellar shopping. There are also workshops you can take if you’d like to create a perfume of your very own. The Couvent des Cordeliers, a converted 13th century monastery, also has perfume workshops, where experts are on hand to help you create a signature scent.
You can also tour the L’Occitane factory, located between Avignon and Nice. You’ll see production rooms, learn how the L’Occitane company finds and utilizes local organic ingredients, and hear about the brand’s interesting history. There are also films and interactive exhibits if you’re interested in learning more, and, of course, there’s a factory shop to browse before you leave.
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