Wow, wow and again WOW! I knew it was going to be beautiful, but the sheer scale of the lavender fields around Valensole is simply breathtaking: mile after mile of endless lavender fields, all growing in neat rows of raised beds, undulating into the distance as far as the eye can see, beautifully set against the majestic backdrop of the Alps. It is simply absolutely spectacular and a true triumph of Mother Nature, not least because of all the beehives helping pollination along the way. Nice to see, as bees seem to be in decline these days.
We duly stopped at the first sight of these amazing fields to take some photos between the rows of lavender, like everyone else who had taken the trouble to journey this far, and bought some lavender products at the Terraroma Distillery, both for ourselves and presents for family and friends. Apart from the stunning landscape, the scent of the plant is simply intoxicating at this point and I’m really looking forward to replicating this sensation both in the motorhome and in the house, to which effect we have bought a fragrance diffuser and pillow mist.
We had no problem getting to Valensole from Aix-en-Provence following the D96 north east to Manosque and east from there on D907 and D6, but we found that they were holding la Fête de Lavande today of all days and instead of carrying on the D6 from Valensole to Riez, as we intended, we were diverted about 10 km norht to Poteau de Telle and then south again to Riez before we could finally join the D11 to Ste-Croix-du-Verdon and the lake. We didn’t mind too much, as it was still early and the scenery was so magnificent and we got to see twice as much of the lavender fields and the Verdon Regional Park.
We got there just after 12.30 pm and got a nice parking spot overlooking the lake and what a view it is! We have found another aire with a fantastic view! It has toilets and free water and it’s only €6 a night, collected by guard in the evening. We like it so much we are thinking about staying another night.
We went for a walk down to the lake and even Beano was happy to go for a swim, but I wasn’t wearing my swimming gear, as the Mistral had been blowing quite heavily when we left the van, but it had blown over by the time we got to the bottom. I would love to have a swim here though, as it is so heavenly.
We also went for a beer and a Mojito at the Restaurant/Bar Le Comptoir, as I just couldn’t resist the temptation of sitting at such a stunning location and I was more than happy to pay €9 for my cocktail and €6 for a large Howgarrden with lemon. We both left very contented.
Adonis has just come back from another swim and I’m about to cook a Spanish potato omelette.
We are considering going to Côte d’Azur and then crossing over to Italy…