A friend and I are traveling to Europe for 3 weeks, but would prefer to stay in one location for a few days. Thus, we're hoping to spend June 29 to July 6 (departure date is flexible) in Southern France. My friend will have to travel by train to Milan and Turin during that time as we will not have a car. We plan on using a Eurail pass, so need to be near a member train stop.
We're looking for a spot that has good village life, nice surroundings and ease of travel, as we would do day trips.A place near a cooking school (e.g. day long cooking classes or similar) would be great. Neither of us speak much French, so would need an area understanding of this.
Any suggestions are appreciated!