Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
I could have wandered through the expansive Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild for days. Every nook and cranny of this place, from the botanic gardens surrounding the house, to the interior that still shows how a French socialite and baroness lived in the early 1900s. (If you go, keep an eye out for her dog beds.) The Villa had caught my eye as a wedding venue, because I can’t help but travel in full elopement research mode. Two years later, Issa Rae got married here, and I was more than a little jealous of her wedding photographer.
Lourmarin was quaint, and quiet, and home to some of the best evening walks of our whole trip across the French Riviera. There was a good dog guarding the local castle, and donkeys hugging in a field with golden light, and I saw (and photographed) this place through rosé colored glasses.
Plan de la Tour
One day, I’m going back to Plan de la Tour in the middle of summer, when Parisians fill their vacation homes, and laughter fills the town square, and the restaurants spill over onto the sidewalks, and it’s warm enough to swim in the pool and eat a farmers market dinner around a big table in the backyard under string lights. Or I’ll convince someone to elope here and let me photograph it—either way.