Goodbye Liguria, hello Provence! With 6 days based in Vinon-sur-Verdon, we figured we had plenty of time to see lavender, meet up with Meredith of Talking Story in Provence, shop at open-air markets, go picnicking every day, and visit many of les plus beaux villages de France. What we didn’t figure in was the heat – it was SO HOT! With daily temps hovering at the mid 30°C range, it put the brakes on how much running around we could do before heading back to home base for a cold shower and a siesta.
Despite this unexpected setback (even our b&b host noted that it was exceptionally hot this year), we made 1 day a ‘full’ day of lavender in every sense of the word. The 2 images above were taken on different outings but here on after, all photos are from a scenic drive through Aubenas-les-Alpes (A), Simiane-la-Rotonde (B), Sault (C), Banon (D) and Lardiers (E). It is so very beautiful in this area, and if we ever return to Provence, anywhere near Sault is going to be where we’ll stay.
Bistrot de Pays: Cafe de la Lavande in Lardiers. Best meal EVER in Provence on this trip. We each ordered the menu complet (28€) and were wow’d with the assortment of entrees. Cod brandade, zucchini cooked with mint, eggplant sicilian-style, and roasted bell peppers with herbs. SCRUMPTIOUS! The main plates of braised wild duck and stewed mutton were also delicious, and the home-style trio of desserts put a a sweet end to the enormous meal.
Ice cream parlor not far from Ansouis. Some people have complained that this place is too expensive, but we thought the whole experience was worth the price. Spectacular panorama as the sun slowly dips into the horizon, and tiny lights in the trees make it extra special. We went here later in the evening when it was much cooler. Excellent regular and floral flavors (lavender included), and the thyme sorbet was very refreshing. L’Art Glacier