If Paris was a woman, I’d want to be her friend.
The Alchemist has been one of the most influential books in my life. I read it the first time years ago when I was traveling alone in Thailand. I’ll never forget sitting on the patio of my tiny beach hut, looking out at the ocean, reading The Alchemist for the first time. When I recommended it to an Australian friend who was on her own world tour, years later, her download onto her kindle came with an inspiring introduction by Paulo Coelho himself.
‘When the Good Lord begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence.’
Aix-en-Provence was once the capital of Provence, back in the medieval ages. It’s famous for its stylish patrons, as well as its history as a cultural, artistic and learning centre.
Avignon, Provence, is nicknamed the heart of Provence, and a city Provençals are unapologetically proud of. It didn’t take me long to figure out why.
I’ve always loved L’Occitane beauty products, so when an opportunity arose to visit the factory in Provence on a recent trip, I went. Set near the hamlet of Manosque, Provence, the headquarters includes a store, museum, factory, and Mediterranean garden.