Who needs Paris? Provence has it all for you.

Verdant vineyard quilted valleys, medieval castles and palaces, gorgeous food and wine at every stop. You will forget all about Paris (OK, maybe for a just a little while) while you take in the sights, smells and savories of this most storied and romantic part of France. The Greeks and then the Romans set up shop early in Provence (where it gets its name Provencia Romana) as they knew it was a lovely spot to cultivate wine, olives and even retire: veteran Roman soldiers from the Egyptian wars retired to the lovely town of Nimes. Later Gauguin and Van Gogh came to paint the countryside in the soft sun and the clear blue skies. Provence is a place to slow down, drink a cold glass of Rosé, and enjoy the views.

Avignon

When Italy became too tumultuous, the Pope packed up and moved to Avignon for a few years during the 14th century. The Palais des Papes now hosts the Avignon Theater Festival each July.

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Photo by Exploring Jen.

Pont Du Gard

The tallest standing Roman aqueduct is only six feet shorter than Rome’s Colusseum. Get the best views as you kayak down the Gardon river.

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Photo by Exploring Jen.

Aix-en-Provence

Founded by a Roman consul, Cezanne and Zola frequented the cafés here.

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Photo by Victoria Zarvanskaya.

Officially on the French register of places as “one of the most beautiful villages in France.” That is all.

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Photo by Erika Calvert.

Gigondas

The name comes from the Latin word “Jocunditas” meaning rejoicing. Surely it is named for this charming town’s fabulous vintages.

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Photo by Gabby Cortes.

Vaison-La-Romaine

The Romans build the famous bridge in the first century and the ancient forum rests under the city square.

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Photo by Marion MacQueen.

Nyons

A beautiful medieval bridge stretches across the Eygues in hilly Nyons.

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Photo by Mightyqtn.

Sault

Surrounded by lavender fields, Sault offers great views of Mt. Ventoux.

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Photo by Hipermovil.

Find more gems scattered around France here. Explore more icons of travel from around the world here. And of course you can get to know Trovers and all their French adventures on Trover.com.

10 Lavender Fields You Will Love

Every summer in regions all over the world, lavender plants bloom into beautiful and wildly fragrant flowers that are used in baking, soaps, and essential oils. The lavender fields they often grow in make not only for a sensory overload, but also for some really beautiful photos.

Read on for 10 of our favorite lavender fields from around the world:

1. Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque in Gordes, France

Trover photo by Shoba Krishnamurthy

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20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

For those busy planning weddings, it can be easy to forget about the best part: the honeymoon! The honeymoon is your chance to let the stress and busyness of getting ready for your big day melt away as you lie on a tropical beach, stroll the streets of an ancient European city, or simply enjoy good food and the company of your partner.

To help get you started in the planning and day-dreaming, we’ve assembled a list of 20 of the most romantic honeymoon destinations from around the world. Read on for your daily dose of travel inspiration:

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Trover photo by Curiosity & Co.

 

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Lazy Morning Cafes and Bakeries

Roll out of bed, grab your paper and let the delicious aromas of freshly baked breads, pastries and tarts kick off your day. No hurries here, just a warm cup of coffee and a friendly good morning from the locals at these Trover picked cafes and bakeries. Just remember to change out of your pajamas.

Toby’s Estate Coffee, New York City

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Mike’s Pastry, Boston, Massachusetts

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Daily Dose Cafe, Los Angeles, California

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Angelina, Paris, France

 

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Lavish Habit, London, England

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Ready for a second cup? Find more coffee talk here.

Secret Gardens

Travel to some of the world’s most beautiful secret gardens found by our hard-working Trovers. Secret gardens have represented a tranquil respite from the to and fro rush of the day to day since ancient times. Here are some of the loveliest gardens posted by our fantastic Trovers from around the world. No digging required.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Sculpture Garden, Seattle WA

Dr. Seuss would feel right at home with the towering rock candy sculptures, shimmering mirror ponds, and jelly crystal spheres.

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The Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, England

Built in the Indian style from the 18th century, the seaside gardens of the royals.

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Giverny: Monet’s Tranquil Muse

Monet created the gardens at Giverny so he could paint flowers and foliage.

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The Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

Created as private gardens for the most powerful Italian family in Renaissance Italy, the Medici family, this garden is now open to the public.

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Kew Gardens, Richmond, England

Beginning as a merger of royal gardens in the 18th century, Kew is the  largest collection of the world’s living plants.

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Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C

Built by the wife of a cement magnate, thousands travel to B.C. to have tea and walk these beautiful gardens.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens

The royal gardens of the Imperial family are open to the public.

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Bangalore Palace Gardens, Bangalore, India

Designed in the Victorian style.

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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Lavish gardens of the Turkish Sultans.

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Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh, Morocco

The culmination of 40 years of work by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.

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Find out How Your Garden Grows with more beautiful destinations from around the world and find more inspiring destinations from Trovers around the world on Trover.com.