Wishing we were in Provence… But, as it so happened, one of the pups got a tummy illness that left us no choice but to call the trip off. Thankfully, a last-minute change of plan cost us only a night’s stay cancellation fee. Could’ve been worse. Looking on the bright side, this just means that we’ll have to go back next summer!
Finally, a lavender festival, french and proper, and in one of the most charming villages in Provence. There are several fêtes that I know of (in Sault, Ferrassières, and Valensole) but this is the first time we got the timing right in order to see one.
For being the 1st edition to take place in Banon, the program and organization was really top-notch: lots of vendors selling an assortment of lavender items, food stalls with tempting displays of goat cheese and cured meats, cute knick-knacks, and entertainment for the kids. As a nice memento to take home, you could fashion your own bouquet from the cut lavender heaped onto the ground. Cafes and restaurants were all open for business and a few food trucks were on the premises – something for everyone!
Initially I was concerned about the parking but I needn’t have worried. Drivers were directed just outside the village and you could either walk or catch the free shuttle into town. It was another hot July day as usual, so it was great that dogs could hop aboard as well.
It would’ve been so much fun if we had stayed to see the folk dance group in the afternoon, but the heat was awful for the pups so we had to call it a day. Hopefully this will be a repeat event for years to come. Great job Banon!
YES, again! I know we were there just last month, but the lure of endless lavender fields was simply much too great. We made a long weekend of it during the past few days, checking off a handful of places missed in June. The south of Provence was extremely hot and is currently experiencing drought conditions. One day it got up to the high 30°’s (celsius) but felt more like 40°+. Sweltering! Despite the heat, we did see and breathe in the lavender harvest that was well under way.
This trip was perhaps better than the previous in terms of food, wine, cheese, and lavande. Sorry, we didn’t go snooping around Brad and Angie’s Chateau Miraval, but we did visit the area where Russell Crowe’s ‘A Good Year’ was filmed. We also had a beautiful lunch (it was a foodie’s photo op dream) in a rural setting that seemed as if we had traveled back in time. Additional plus: we met a couple of gourmands who told us where to eat!
In case you didn’t get the title of this post, it’s a play on the title ‘Paris Can Wait’ – Diane Lane’s recent film to hit theaters. There’s a slight chance that we might return to the Luberon in a few weeks – third time’s a charm – but for now we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.