6. Nice on the Côte d'Azur

The French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It includes famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, as well as Nice. A health retreat in the 18th century, the area has long attracted royalty, aristocrats, movie stars and the "jet set." Many famous artists chose to live and work on the French Riviera including Mattisse, Picasso and Chagall. Nice’s hot Mediterranean summers and long stretch of coastline have made Nice is the second most popular French city after Paris. It’s a 7 hour drive from Le Belvedere to Nice with plenty of places to stop over on the way