Along the lavender trail just north of Sault
Everytime we plan a trip to Provence, I comb the net looking for unique locations in hopes of getting a postcard shot. Some photographers leave just enough clues to figure out where an image was taken, but half the challenge is being in the right place at the right time, and hopefully without a whole bunch of other camera-toting visitors blocking the view.
Bories in Ferrassieres, GPS: 44.138229, 5.471370, on the D189 to Montbrun-les-Bains
Every year Ferrassières hosts a lavender festival on the 1st Sunday in July. We’ve never been, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I wonder if they have food trucks? www.fete-lavande.com
Another thing I love about Provence: restaurants and cafes named lavande/s. Located in quaint or picturesque places, they look like part of a movie set. The above pic is in the tiny village of Monieux. The dogs were great sports about all the driving and walking around, but Maddie is really the best when it comes to posing in front of flowers.
We returned home last Friday to discover that Italy was pretty much in the same situation that we experienced in Provence, but luckily for us, the oppressive heat hasn’t brought on a drought like it has in the lower Italian plains. The word on everyone’s lips these days is rain!
Despite the high temps, Provence was beautiful and lovely to visit. We brought back lots of cheese, bottles of rosé, and other delicious treats, but by far the best thing about the trip was seeing the lavender fields and making friends with a trio of wire-haired dachshunds – yes, 3 of them! – at our bed & breakfast. That’s Pollux with me on the day of our departure – a bittersweet farewell that I will forever look back on with fondness as this summer vacation marked some very special occasions for all of us.
I’ll end this post with a shot taken along a lavender trail that we ended up ‘driving’ instead of walking. All of the fields were coming into bloom but it was not yet time for the harvest.
Crisp alpine air, crystal blue streams, steep valley views and traditional valdostana cuisine. These are just some of the elements that put the joy of living in a weekend visit to the northwestern region of Valle d’Aosta. I had absolutely no idea that lavender is cultivated in this area, but driving south towards Fort Bard (SS26), we were taken by complete surprise when our eyes glimpsed this field in bloom. It led me to discover a stunningly beautiful photo on Flickr, the likes of which I thought existed only in Provence, France. Trust me and have a look at Forte di Bard; I promise you’ll see the imposing fortress in a different light.
Fort di Bard