By the way, if you do ever find yourself in Provence and want to take any special day trips (lavender fields, wineries, chocolate or olive oil tasting, historic sites...) I highly, highly recommend Provence Authentic (also on Facebook). My guide, Elodie, was fantastic--knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic, and great company. She also spoke excellent English. Having a guide makes good sense anyway--you'll get to see and learn about things you wouldn't know about otherwise. Not having to worry about driving or parking is a bonus; despite having survived driving in Greece (where you have to watch out for falling rocks, hairpin turns beside cliffs, and Greek drivers), I found French roads intimidating. My only complaint with Provence Authentic is that they don't operate in other parts of France--I'd love to take Elodie with me on the visit I'm planning to Giverny!
|The fields we visited were in the Luberon region of Provence. The fields all bloom at different times from late June until August, so if you're planning a trip, do some research to find out which fields will be in bloom.|
|At one point I had to laugh because it does seem a bit strange to travel so far just to look at fields of flowers. But they were so beautiful (and smelled lovely too), it is totally worth the trip.|
|The flowers are darker in this field because the blooms aren't fully open yet.|
|Note the castle on the hill in the background. I'm definitely bringing my telephoto lens on my next trip.|
|The mallow blooming in the middle of the lavender was growing wild all over. Years ago I bought mallow plants for my garden.|
|This field contained only a single row of lavender. I'm not sure if it was planted just to mark a boundary or if there's a long term plan to plant the entire field with lavender.|
|I'm not sure what kind of plant this is (my guess is some sort of grass gone to seed) but I thought it was a pretty contrast to the lavender.|
|Elodie spotted this ladybug|
|This field with the neighbouring house and garden is perfection. This is where I want to live.|
|We spotted this rather large snail on the road--such a pretty shell.|
|Before we left we moved it to the grass away from the road. Happy trails among the lavender, little guy.|
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