The film where Russell Crowe plays a British investment broker who inherits his uncle’s chateau in Provence is one of our favourite movies. We like it for the laid back atmosphere and the lifestyle associated with living in Provence, all the while being surrounded by nature. Despite visiting the provençal region twice before, this was the first time that Gareth and I felt we were finally seeing la vrai Provence, comme au film. Maybe finally seeing rolling hills of lavender had a lot to do with it! Believe it or not, we somehow managed to miss lavender season in both our previous trips to Provence!
Driving through Valensole, an area known for its lavender fields, I couldn’t help but get excited as we saw field after field of this plant at every turn. The pictures below were taken near a town called Puimoisson, where we saw one lavender distillery and later met the owners who also run a small shop, La maison du lavandin, which sells everything lavender: the flowers themselves stored in provençal style sachets, oil/perfume, soap (with different lavender oil content), and even lavender honey!
It would have been interesting to see the harvest, but we came a couple of weeks early. We’ll keep working on our timing! 🙂
On that same day, we continued to drive through Provence to the Gorges du Verdon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Europe”. Neither of us had been to the one in the US, so we’re unable to compare, but what we did see was spectacular!