An artist’s paradise, the pretty market town of Remy de Provence in the heart of the Alpilles, southern France is a Provencal must-see. It is here that Vincent Van Gogh drew inspiration from the light and landscape, and produced 150 paintings including Starry Night. It was also the birthplace of Nostradamus. St Remy de Provence is surrounded by lush green valleys, fields of wheat, olive groves, wild flowers and imposing mountains, which you can hike through, following the Van Gogh trail. The village itself is chic and cosmopolitan, boasting narrow streets and shady squares bursting with amazing restaurants, elegant boutiques, luxury food stores and art galleries of course. And with sunshine for most of the year, relaxing at a café terrace here is one of life’s simple pleasures. Wednesday is market day, so be prepared to share the experience with a few more people. And for those who appreciate Van Gogh, you can visit The St Paul De Mausole Clinic – the monastery where he was treated for mental illness. Although still a hospital, you can visit floors that are dedicated to the celebrated artist.