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France (Paris, Provence, Luberon, Alsace) for 3 weeks (late July - mid August 2003)
Look at the slideshows
See Lonely Planet's site for more info or their map (my map is below)

A few notes from my journal:

Yes, I was there during the heatwave.
Highlights include: a few days in Paris, 2 weeks in a small villa in Provence (that stayed cool due to the 2-foot thick walls), a day trip to the Grand Canyon du Verdon, a day trip to the Gorges de Daluis et du Cians (2 canyons), an overnight trip to Nice including dinner in Ventimiglia (Italy), 2 days in the hilltowns of the Luberon including a wine festival, Avignon, driving through Burgundy and finally the Route Du Vin (wine road) near Colmar in the Alsace.
Actually, the biggest highlight (for me, maybe not you the reader) is that my new girlfriend Caroline flew over to meet me at the airport in London (she coming from Seattle, I from Edinburgh) from which we immediately flew on easyjet to Paris (with a good sale, it can be cheaper than the chunnel train). Caroline and I had a blast in France (and Germany).

Some handy links to more info:
Rick Steve's France info -- Rick is a popular Seattle-based guidebook author of the series "Europe Through The Back Door" and his recommendations are always great. His guidebooks cover the best parts of countries (usually to be seen in 3 weeks), not everything; and his lodging and food recommendations are almost always great!
Rick Steve's Provence info.
Rick Steve's Luberon hilltowns info.
Rick Steve's Avignon info.
Rick Steve's Colmar info.
Want to see more info or buy Rick Steves' books from amazon.com? Click that link and I get a commission from Amazon :-)

My hand drawn map of France with key areas:

My hand drawn map of southeastern France with key places:

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