According to a recent study, the little-known department of Aveyron, in Southwest France, will become as famous as "Gordes, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgues or Saint Rémy de Provence" in 4 or 5 years.
Say it ain't so! As an American who has lived in Aveyron for 10 years, it is difficult to imagine what this future fame would entail. Traffic jams to go to a local market, as one can see in l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgues? Old farmhouses being bought up and renovated not just by "les Anglais", as is already the case, but by the rich and famous?
And yet, and yet...how can this jewel of France NOT be discovered by throngs of tourists seeking the latest, authentic French destination?
It will happen. It is happening. So share with me my little corner of "la France Profonde" -- before somebody like Peter Mayle gets to it!