When Spring arrived in Provence, I keep in mind being very excited sooner or later as I handed my first Poppy area. It was the month of Could. I used to be on my solution to Cucuron to benefit from the Tuesday market and as I drove alongside, I simply gasped once I got here throughout this area of purple that appeared earlier than me.
In fact, I had a number of mates come to go to and I didn’t hesitate to drive them by the identical area. Effectively, the subsequent time I drove by about one week later, the purple was so purple that it was virtually blinding. There was simply an unlimited blanket of purple because the poppies had lastly bloomed in full. At this, I pulled over and jumped out of my automobile to take some footage. Earlier than I knew it, I noticed one automobile after one other doing the very same factor. It was too lovely to not cease.
The place did I cease?
In entrance of “La Cavale” on my solution to Cucuron. They’re simply in entrance. These fields saved our eyes alive for about one month. It was thrilling to see and I typically would simply exit for a drive to search for extra poppy fields. It’s so lovely round right here.
Simply once I was starting to really feel unhappy in regards to the poppies disappearing I used to be as soon as once more full of pleasure once I handed my first lavender area in bloom. It was virtually as if the poppies handed the baton over to the lavender and as one light, the opposite was coming out to say hiya. The lavender is as lovely as you possibly can think about. The rows and rows of gorgeous purple vegetation (the French say they’re blue) appear to go on ceaselessly. It’s breathtaking and the most important bonus is the attractive scent that wafts over you as you drive alongside these nation roads.
Lavender is all over the place in Provence however many individuals select to go out to the Plateau of Valensole the place the most important fields might be discovered. That is probably the most visited space of Provence for these on the lavender hunt. I prefer to cease at Angelvin. It’s one of many first stops alongside the route. They’re very pleasant and I like the way in which the fields have a little bit of a rolling impact. It’s a fantastic spot for pictures. The season could be very quick so make sure you plan your journey beginning on the finish of June till the primary two weeks of July. It comes and goes so rapidly so that you don’t wish to miss out.
As I write this, the lavender is now gone. It’s the second half of July and once more, was feeling unhappy to say goodbye to the image of Provence when earlier than I knew it, I used to be out for a motorbike experience this week and what did I see?
Sunflowers! Woo hoo!!!!
Excited once more. The sunflowers seemed like little infants at the start of final week however once I went out final night time, they’d already grown. We’ve got a bit of extra time earlier than they get razed down because the sunflowers develop fairly excessive. I imagine they’ll even attain 12 toes. Proper now they’re about 4 toes excessive so we’ve a bit of extra time to admire these lovely fields.
The place have I seen them?
I dwell in a bit of city north of Aix-en-Provence known as Le Puy Saint Reparade. We’ve got sunflowers!
So, should you’re heading over to Chateau La Coste or Chateau du Fonscolombe, take a bit of spin by the village and I promise that you’ll come throughout the sunflowers. They appear to be all over the place in the intervening time. In reality, there’s a area to the left as you enter Le Puy Saint Reparade.
You’ll not be disenchanted.
It’s summer season and it’s sizzling.
Probably the most lovely time to get out and go to the fields is within the early morning or on the finish of the day. I used to be out for a motorbike experience final night time at about 8 pm. The temperatures had dropped a bit, the breeze from the bike was soothing and the solar was in simply the correct place to take some good pictures.
Drive, bike, stroll….it’s all lovely – Benefit from the flowers of Provence!
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