Normally, Brad Roemer and his wife are pretty decisive when it comes to deciding on which vacation spot they want to go to next. For some strange reason, this year it has been a massive debate. Roemer’s wife would absolutely love to go back to Marrakech for some sweet tea, yet the idea of venturing to the South of France, the Amalfi Coast in Italy and the islands of Hawaii have all taken a large play in the discussion. You’d think that in a world of business where strategic decisions need to be made and engrained in contract form that a week vacation trip would be an easy idea to have a consensus on.
We at Brad’s interior design subsidiary decided to make it easy for him: Choose the South of France, for all these adorable reasons will make you lust over it. After all… France just did win the World Cup!
South of France: Alarming Beauty
The Historic Monument of the Pope’s Palace
There’s more to France than the beautiful hustle and bustle of the country’s capital, Paris. For instance, if you’re wistful for a serene escape into a medieval city, then Provence is a great option. Roemer and his wife could enjoy the realms of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon, a UNESCO site that was built in the 14th century. It also happens to be one of the world’s largest and most important gothic buildings. Entrance into the palace will offer access to over twenty rooms, one of which is the prized papal apartments of Clement IV’s where Matteo Giovanetti’s beautiful gothic frescoes can be viewed.
For Lavendar Lovers
If you need a peaceful walk where all your senses can be alarmed, then the lavender tours at the Senanque Abbey in Gordes is a must-see. Wondering what the reason is for this deeply-rooted love for Provence? It’s the vision of roman buildings rusted over in a light grey in juxtaposed with the blossoming purple lavender fields and lush cypress trees.
By the Water in Marseille’s Old Port
For those who hope to live by the sea, the ancient city of Marseille’s Old Port adorns a breathtaking view of quays from the 1700s. This place is brewing as a local hotspot for lazy lunches, evening jousting and entertainment and meet-up spots. You’ll also feel like the rows of yachts are endless, and recognize the practicality of fishing in the city’s economy. Looking for a fresh catch of the day? You can’t get better than the Old Port.
Gorges du Verdon: There’s Nothing Like It
Think waters as blue as turquoise limestone, and unforgiving views of the canyon from below. You’ll feel absolutely tiny compared to the rest of the world, and gain a massive appreciation for Mother Nature. Use this day trip as an opportunity to rent a boat for a few hours and jump into the sparkling waters for a refresher. If you’re more the adventurous type, feel free to give the hiking trails a go with about 1,500 different routes to choose from that cusp on the edge of the limestone cliffs. Just be wary of where you step because limestone can be especially slippery!