ON THE ITINERARY: Lavender Fields, France

When one thinks of visiting France, one thinks of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, chocolates, perfume, and wine, right?  That’s what I thought about the first (and only, so far) time I went to France in 2009.  But now, I’ve found another reason to go:

Photo borrowed from flickr user jarrodcastaing.  Please click the photo to view the original.

Photo borrowed from flickr user jarrodcastaing. Please click the photo to view the original.

That’s right.  I want to go to France to see fields of flowers.  Well, not exactly flowers.  Lavender.  It turns out, the Provence area (in southern France) is rather famous for these expanses of purple beauty.

According to Lonely Planet, the best time to visit the fields is between June and August, when the lavender is in full bloom.

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I’m sure region has other many other things to offer, but these fields are the primary reason I want to visit Provence.  How relaxing and refreshing would it be to go for a day-long bike ride to see and smell all of this lavender?

Photo borrowed from http://www.freefbpictures.com/.  Please click the photo to view the original.

Photo borrowed from http://www.freefbpictures.com/. Please click the photo to view the original.

As one can see, I found many breathtaking photos of the lavender fields.  Experiencing them in person could be even more incredible.  And, of course, I’d love to take my own photos for my collection.

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