Last post I told you all about how you don’t necessarily need to leave the Domaine the Manville hotel, with its spa, hiking paths, swimming pools, terrace and private cinema. But, if you do decide to leave the premises just look up and you’ll spot the ancient ruins on the mountaintop on your right. This cute little village is called Les Baux-de-Provence and the ancient fort used to protect the people of the area for centuries. These days it’s tourist heaven and people tell me that during peak season the little alleys are filled with lavender- and nougat lovers. We are lucky, because it’s off season and not at all busy. This gives us enough time to buy nougat, cookies, tea and caramels at Autrefois, a cute little shop and lavender sachets and icecream. Also fun: the hat shop in the middle of town. The views from the old fort, where you can see endless olive tree fields. And – a must for art lovers – the Carrières de Lumières, right outside of town, where paintings are projected on walls in gigantic caves.