I must apologize in advance that my questions are not directly to Paris. I post these questions to the appropriate forums but got pretty much "zero" responses. Please help if you have any info. I don't have much time left. Many thanks in advance. My questions are as follow:
I was in Aix last year and love it. This year I will be taking my sister and a few friends to Aix. We will have about 8-9 days in South of France and we would like to see/do the following: Abbey Senanque to see the lavender field, Marseille (and around) and St Tropez/ Cannes. I am wondering where will be a good base to do all this? i was thinking of staying in Marseille for the duration and do day trips from there. From what I have read so far, it seems that getting from Marseille to St Tropez can take a bit of time. In addition, one of the female travelers recently posted that she had an experience with robbery in Marseille. I usually don't generalized or get scarred easily. With the difficult of getting to St Tropez and that recent post, I thought I might want to skip Marseille altogether.
Also, I understand that the Lavender field at Abbey Senanque lasts only a few days in June. I am wondering if there is a website where it publishes info when the Lavender blooms. Please help me if you have any suggestions. I am kind of desperate as I don't know where to start planning for this part of my trip and it is coming up very soon. Last year I had lots of time and therefore did not care to plan. This year, it is not so. Please give any suggestions you may have. Many thanks in advance.