BARBARA A. NOE is the senior editor of National Geographic Travel Books. After studying political science at the Université de Bordeaux, France, and earning bachelor's degrees in French and international relations at the University of California, Davis, she went on to travel throughout France to her heart's content. Settling down long enough to earn a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she then began her career with the National Geographic Society. Having visited France many times since, her favorite region remains Provence.
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