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 « 

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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New Tour : Verdon Canyon and Valensole ! 薰衣草田

From April 2014 a new tour from Aix en Provence is offered by Tylene Tours !

This tour offers you a stop at the Plateau de Valensole  to admire the lavender fields during the blooming season and gives you the opportunity to discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Verdon Canyon !

Drive to Manosque (马诺斯克) to enjoy a guided tour of Occitane (奥克) factory, famous for its cosmetic products elaborated with local flowers and plants. Cross Valensole plateau (lavender fields in bloom from mid June to mid July). Continue to Moustiers-Ste-Marie, famous for its earthen ware workshops (free time for visit and lunch on your own). Drive to the Gorges of Verdon river : breathtaking views on the lake of Sainte Croix and on the Verdon canyon. Free time on the beach of the lake of Sainte Croix. Back to Aix en Provence via the village of Sainte Croix du Verdon overlooking the lake.

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