Sometimes the biggest cities also stunt your growth as a person. When I moved away from Manhattan, I had a hard lesson in "non-New York adult problems." No longer was it about just about deadbolting my apartment door or hiding my purse in case I fell asleep on the subway.
Driving around the Provence countryside can be a harrowing experience or a whole lot of fun. It can be expensive or really reasonable. Both pleasure and cost depend on how well you plan and how you approach each day.