With an intoxicatingly endless array of soulful wonders on offer, France is the ultimate destination to bask in the riches of the arts, history, culture, and cuisine. Simple pleasures, like the morning run to the boulangerie (bakery) for a warm croissant and baguette, followed by a visit to the local market to bundle up some fresh produce, are highlights of any day in this decadent nation. Paris, the country’s pulsating heart, offers culture in spades, wide, tree-lined boulevards, and a glorious collection of monuments; the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe to name but a few. Depart the city of love and head for the French countryside dotted with resplendent chateaus and covered in picturesque grape vines. Head to the French Riviera—Côte d'Azur—and mingle your way through famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes. What began as a health retreat in the 18th-Century has morphed into a haven for aristocrats, artists, and well-heeled travelers in search of a luxe experience.