If you have read any of my other reviews, you'll know that I hate Paris; my love of Provence is just about in inverse proportion to my dislike of Paris. What's not to like? Rolling countryside, glorious summers, quiet roads, quaint market towns, good food & wine, friendly and interesting locals.
So, it's just a question of finding a place to hang your hat whilst exploring this lovely region.
We flew into Marseille from Gatwick to collect a pre-ordered hire car: it was chaos! Why is collecting a car so difficult? Too few desks, insufficient staff, too much paperwork and, of course, dont forget the extras! I cannot think of another area of retail that is so badly organised. It was a rotten start to our holiday - it took us over an hour to get our car; but then we were on our way, driving passed picture perfect views, for around an hour. A word of caution - make sure you have good directions; French post codes cover a larger area than those in the UK and our SatNav...