After you’ve promenaded down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, get out of town for some more authentic Provençal experiences:
1. Biot: Look for colorful bubbled glass, or verre bullé, and watch glassblowers make it at La Verrerie de Biot.
2. Grasse: Grasse is the world’s perfume capital, on a hilltop above the fields of lavender and jasmine that get harvested for their fragrant essence. You can visit three perfume factories and buy at their on-site shops.
3. Saint-Paul-de-Vence: A couple of shops carry high-quality boutis, quilted bed linens in characteristic Provençal patterns.
4. Valbonne: This quiet medieval bastide town is a good place to window-shop for antiques and pottery.
5. Vallauris: Pablo Picasso set up a pottery studio here in 1948, and the town is still a mecca for potters. Check out examples of ancient pottery in the local museum.
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