Only a few months before blooming season !

In a few weeks lavender will start to bloom in Provence ! The green fields will become blue and you will be able to smell the lavender flowers !  If you are coming to Avignon you will be able to admire a little field just in front of the famous bridge of Avignon.

Do not hesitate to book your seats on the lavender tours that will soon be sold out !

If you are lucky you will also be able to see the sunflower fields in bloom around end of July

You can book your tour from Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille or Arles directly on the website of Provence Reservation : www.provence-reservation.com

Morning tours, afternoon tours or full day tours, make your choice and discover this treasure of Provence !

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Valensole

The famous "Plateau de Valensole" is one of our favorite places to go to admire the lavender in blooming season !
With more or less 800 km2, this plateau is one of the largest areas of France destinated to the cultivation of lavender.
Romans perfumed their baths and their clothes and also put lavender sachets of lavender in their closets. Established in France by the Phoenicians, lavender was essentially planted  in Provence because of  its climate : more or less 300 sunny days a year ! The fields of lavander are planted as far as the eyes can see and the blooming period is just breathtaking !
It is a place you can not miss during your journey to Provence !
Have a stop at the village of Valensole and taste the lavender honey, lavender ice cream or find some souvenirs based on the lavender essential oil known for its medicinal vertues
Several excursions include Valensole from Avignon, Aix en Provence and Marseille ! To have more information click here
 
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The Lavender Museum 薰衣草博物馆

Have a visit at the Lavender museum in Coustellet to learn more about the lavender and lavandin of Provence ! The All Provence in one day tour from Avignon is including the entrance fee !
You will start your visit by an introduction of the difference between lavender and lavandin followed by a movie about the harvest of the lavender.
Learn all the techniques and steps of the production of lavender essential oil and have a stop at their boutique with cosmetic products based on lavender and A.O.P labelised that guarantees the quality
"The ability to use the A.O.P essential oil guarantee requires carrying off the oil contained in the Augustifolia variety of lavender or population lavander, no cloned lavender is allowed, with steam. The lavender must come from a stricktly defined zone in four different French counties : Drôme, Vaucluse, Alpes de Haute Provence and Hautes Alpes and from an altitude of 800 mininum. The lavender must meet analytical and olfactive standards, and each batch is analysed anonymously (blindly) so as not to influence the jury. The French National institute of origins and quality issues certification. "
 
 
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Paintings of Lavender 薰衣草画

The blue treasure of Provence inspires a lot of artists. The breathtaking landscapes with the flowers is a real challenge for them !
During the blooming period you can see a lot of painters in front of the fields drawing their paintings, trying to represent the unique image of the lavender of Provence
The following paintings were made by Christian Jequel and Jean Marc Janiaczyk, two men who are in love with the landscapes that offers the Provence
If you join one of the lavender tours you will maybe meet an artist painting just next to you, admire his work and passion for the lavender and share his knowledge and experience !
Don’t miss the lavender Festival in Sault on August 15th 2014 were a lot of painters will exhibit their paintings !
 
 
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The flowers of Provence ! 向日葵

The famous lavender flower is not the only proud of Provence ! You will be surprised by the beauty of the sunflowers and red poppies fields ! The blooming season is breathtaking with the blue lavender, yellow sunflower and red poppy ! If you like taking pictures you won’t be dissapointed by the landscapes of Provence in summer. In Avignon the lavender tours include a stop at the sunflower fields when they are in bloom. The opportunity for you to discover this impressive flower of Provence. 
The yellow flower follows the sun and is one of the symbols of Provence also painted by the famous painter Van Gogh  " Les Tournesols "
 
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The Senanque Abbey 修道院塞南格

Dreaming of visiting the Luberon hill of Provence ? Then certainly have a stop in the village of Gordes to visit the Abbey of Senanque !
Head to Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages of France, entirely built in dry stones and take the opportunity to admire the stunning  Abbey !
The most beautiful period is when the lavender fields surrounding the Abbey are in bloom ! Centuries old, the Abbey is accommodating monks who grow lavender and tend honey bees for their livelihood
It is possible for individuals to ask for an arrangement to stay at the Abbey for spiritual retreat. From June 15th to July 15th several tours from Avignon include a photo stop at Senanque in front of the lavender fields.
If there is one place you should not miss in Provence during lavender blooming it is the Senanque Abbey ! You will smell the lavender and be able to admire this cisterian Abbey dating from the 12th century !
The views on the road to the abbey are amazing !
Visit as well the bookshop and taste their lavender honey !
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New Lavender tour from Avignon !

A new tour has just been created with departure from Avignon !
A full day tour with the visit of Aix en Provence 普罗旺斯地区艾克斯, the lavender fields in Valensole and the visit of the L’Occitane museum and boutique with preferential prices !
 
Start by Aix-en-Provence, city of water and art. Discover a provencal market in the city center. Head to Valensole Plateau where you will pass by picturesque roads lined with golden wheat and blue lavender prairies as far as the eye can see . Many photo stops included and free time to visit the village. On the way back, stop in L’Occitane cosmetics factory : visit the museum displaying the history of the trademark. Possibility to buy products at preferential rates before driving back to Avignon.
 
Click here for more information : Market and Lavender Ocean
 
Not to be missed ! Bookings can already be made, next departures on June 10th !
 
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The lavender is not only beautiful to see, it is also good to taste ! 品尝薰衣草

More and more  recipes are with the lavender taste ! Bit strange but to try it is to love it !

Wondering how this can taste do not hesitate to join a tour from Avignon to try the lavender ice cream !!! Prepare your taste buds for this experience !

Recipe of Lavender ice cream :

"Bring cream, half-and-half, honey, and lavender just to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, then remove pan from heat. Let steep, covered, 30 minutes.
Pour cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard lavender. Return mixture to cleaned saucepan and heat over moderate heat until hot.
Whisk together eggs and salt in a large bowl, then add 1 cup hot cream mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Pour into remaining hot cream mixture in saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat back of spoon and registers 170 to 175°F on thermometer, about 5 minutes (do not let boil).
Pour custard through sieve into cleaned bowl and cool completely, stirring occasionally. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden"

 

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