Avignon Lavender Tour – Provence Lavender fields and Villages of Gordes and Roussillon

Avignon lavender tour had always been high on our wishlist. Sauntering amidst sweet fragrance of enchanting purple rows of the Lavender fields and taking pictures sounds dreamy, isn’t it? And the lavender fields of Provence in France are the most beautiful in Europe. Best time to visit Provence for lavender bloom in France is from late June to the beginning of August. After missing the lavender season in Provence by a couple of weeks last year we ensured that we planned well in advance this year. We booked a tour with Provans who apart from the Lavender fields also include some wonderful villages of France in the itinerary.

We had booked our apartment in the old city of Avignon and our pickup was arranged in Place de l’Horloge around 5 minutes walk from the apartment. Nicola the owner of the tour company was our guide for the day. Everyone was picked up by 9 am. as planned. The minivan was a 8 seater which made it easier to get along with Nicola and other fellow travelers.

The Avignon Lavender Tour

Nicola started with a short history of the medieval town of Avignon. It was interesting to know that old city of Avignon is a walled city with well-preserved ramparts and seven gates dating back to 14th century.

Nicola himself being an avid traveler has traveled to the most part of Asia, eight times to India alone. The tour company is run by himself and his wife Veronica. They alternatively take tourists on tour as they had year old baby girl Adele to take care back home.

Our first stop was the biggest spring of Europe Fontaine-de-Vaucluse which is around 45 minutes drive from Avignon. Once on the highway, we drove past abundance of vegetation farms of apple, apricot, cherry, melons, tomatoes, and olives. Olives are very important part of Avignon daily life as they used only olive oil in cooking and an olive paste is used as an appetizer. There were many local producers selling farm produces, which seemed much fresher and cheaper than ones sold in the market back in the city.

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a small village with only around 500 habitats. The most popular attraction being the 300 m deep spring located at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains formed by the streams from the Alps between Italy and France.

Avignon lavender tour France

The walk to the spring takes around 20 minutes along the river and one can see the ruins of the castle of the Bishop of Cavaillon high above on the right.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Nicolas had a spare pushchair which made our walk effortless with Chhavi. The route lined with souvenir shops was jam-packed with tourists. We stopped by to have a look at the river which was fascinating as a lot of green vegetation grew beneath the water.

Avignon lavender tour France

The morning seemed to be the best time to visit the village as there was hardly any tourist and the buses leaving for the village would reach only by noon which would get the village busy and crowded.

Lavender Museum

Our next stop was Lavender Museum which had a small lavender farm, the museum entrance ticket price was included in the tour price. A guy explained us the lavender varieties and guided us into the room which had a screen running a movie on distillation process. We had an audio guide to walk through the next room which had traditional distilleries and other information on the history of the distillation process and the lavender fields in France.

Avignon lavender tour France

Later a lady guided us through the small kiosk which displayed items like dried french lavender, lavender essential oil, cream, soap etc where you can buy lavender products. We were amazed to know that Lavender was used for medicinal properties like sinus, joint pains, headaches, allergies, and bruises.

Lavender Fields Provence France

The museum also had some small lavender fields which were equally beautiful and we could capture some wonderful pictures of the purple rows.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Gordes lavender fields

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Fifteen minutes drive from the museum we were delighted to behold the first glimpse of lavender fields near Gordes Village at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. The lavender fields around the abbey weren’t in full bloom still it made for a postcard-perfect picture of the Gordes lavender fields or the Provence lavender fields. We made a quick visit to the abbey and moved on to our next stop the village of Gordes.

Avignon lavender tour France

Gordes Village

Gordes is the most beautiful quaint village perched on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Must see are the castle turned museum and the St. Firmin church.

Lavender Fields Provence France

A walk around the charming narrow cobbled alleys is a must. The alleys offer wonderful panoramic views of the Luberon fields and villages below.

Lavender Fields Pictures

Lavender Fields Provence France

We had our lunch in one of the restaurants and drove around looking for the fully bloomed Lavender fields.

Lavender fields of Lioux

We had booked the lavender tour in mid-June which was just the start of Provence Lavender season France and hence was not very sure if we will be able to see the blooms. But thanks to Nicolas and his wife who knew the places around very well and had a very good idea on best lavender fields in Provence and where to look for the purple blooms. We found a plenitude of mesmerizing rows of Lavender fields. The hues and scent of the Lavender fields were bewitching and we could not hold back our ecstasy for being able to capture this postcard perfect picture.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Roussillon Village

Roussillon is another beautiful village of France located in Luberon at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse was our last stop for the day.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Roussillon Ochre

Surrounded by countryside the village has one of the biggest deposits of ochre and is famous for its impressive red cliffs and ochre quarries. The village offers several walking trails to explore the jagged ochre cliffs punctuated with boards on loads of information on the history of Roussillon ochre. The entree fees would cost you around 2.50 Euros. Another fantastic idea would be sauntering the narrow medieval alleys winding through village lined with a profusion of colors in shades of ochre.

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We spent some time exploring one of the trails and later visited the village for a remarkable walk through the quaint alleys whose houses and churches were washed in vivid hues of reddish orange to light chocolate colors.

Lavender Fields Provence France

There is a shop where one can shop for an amazing array of hues and shades.

Lavender Fields Provence France

Our dream of visiting the fields of lavender blooms was crossed out from our bucket list. Nikolas bid us goodbye with lovely souvenirs.

Lavender Fields Provence France

We definitely recommend to book this tour with Nicolas and Veronica, they also offer several other tours of the wild and historic Provence. They also offer customized tours. Visit Provans for more details. If you are looking for beaches head south to French Riviera for some of the best beaches of France and there are ample of things to do near Perpignan a beautiful medieval city in southern France.

When does the lavender bloom in Provence France?

The probability of finding lavender fields in full bloom is from late June to early August though it greatly depends on the weather. But the best time for the lavender season in France is around mid-July.

Sault France is also said to have some of the gorgeous lavender fields which we keep it for the next time. The Avignon lavender fields pictures make for an awesome souvenir. What do you say? Have you experienced these purple blooms of Lavender fields? Do share with us your experiences.

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76 thoughts on “Avignon Lavender Tour – Provence Lavender fields and Villages of Gordes and Roussillon

  • June 28, 2016 at 11:28 am
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    Wow, what a lovely pictures! You know, I have always wanted to see the lavender fields too. There were many spectacular desktop wallpapers from Provence, they were so colorful and always had made me dream about visiting this place.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:46 am
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      Agree. The wallpapers of Lavender fields are so beckoning.. Happiest that we could make it 🙂

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  • June 28, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    This sounds like a great trip to experience and the lavendar fields are gorgeous. Having someone like Nicolas with you giving the tour of course is a major plus point.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:45 am
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      Agree Sheri. Nicolas guided us through the tour with great information.

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  • June 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    I can only imagine how amazing the Lavender smells! Sight and smell overload – in a GOOD way!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:47 am
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      It was amazing indeed 🙂

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  • June 30, 2016 at 4:49 am
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    It will be my dream come true to enjoying snipping those natural lavender scents in the morning 🙂

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:48 am
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      Wow.. true Blair that would be one experience 😉

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:44 am
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      We are completely relate to you.. It was our dream visit too 🙂

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  • July 1, 2016 at 4:34 am
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    Rows and rows of lavender fields is like a dream come true, always fancied getting there. Our last trip to France had been restricted to Paris. Would like to include the French countryside including Avignon, next time areound.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:49 am
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      We had been to Paris many times before and this time it was just for the Lavender. Its worth it 🙂

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  • July 1, 2016 at 7:24 am
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    When I was a kid I saw a photo of fields of flowers – tulips and lavenders, among others – and I told myself I’d visit these places. This post made me remember those times. 🙂 Your photos are stunning. I will add this to my travel plans for Europe.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:49 am
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      We have been dreaming of theses purple fields for long now and finally made to it.

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  • July 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm
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    I’ve been road tripping around the south of France last summer, and I remember I wished I didn’t miss the blooming season, because when we went there, there no such thing. I’ve seen this photo a thousand times and it’s been a dream of mine to go there and enjoy this beautiful view! I love Avignon, and the richest of the culture and the history is just amazing!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:51 am
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      Agree those Lavender fields are dreamy and everyone would love to get that postcard perfect picture!

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  • July 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    wow, looks like you had a lot of fun on this trip. I especially liked the photograph of the castle. Hope to visit this place someday soon.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:51 am
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      Thanks Subhadrika!

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  • July 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    I’d forgotten how charming and picturesque France was. The picture of Gordes were breathtaking.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:52 am
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      True Gordes was classic village

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  • July 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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    Well written & beautiful pictures. You just gave me a reason to want to revisit France. I would definitely go to these villages.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:52 am
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      Thanks Lance. Believe us you will just love it

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  • July 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    What beautiful photos of you with the lavender! I am actually in Provence right now so I hope I’ll be able to see some gorgeous fields like that in the next few days!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:54 am
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      oh wow.. Update us on how many did u find 😉

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  • July 3, 2016 at 5:16 am
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    I would love to get my pictures clicked infront of those lavender fields and visit lavender museum and St. Firman Church. Loved all your Pictures!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:54 am
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      Thanks Anamika. Glad you liked them.

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  • July 3, 2016 at 6:29 am
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    This is great information. I am doing a road trip that way next summer and will definitely keep your tour recommendation in mind

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:55 am
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      Thanks Christine

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  • July 3, 2016 at 10:12 am
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    Wow! I just love lavender! It’s good to know that it blooms in from June end to August. I will definitely remember this when heading to Provence. It’s nice you guys had such amazing views!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 7:55 am
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      Thanks Andra. Yes we were lucky to get those wonderful pictures

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  • July 4, 2016 at 4:38 am
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    It is quite amazing how you find these mostly unknown places. And you really bring out the essence of this particular place through this post. The photo in the lavender field is absolutely beautiful. Straight out of a bollywood movie – if you know what I mean 🙂

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:36 am
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      lol Tamshuk.. Glad that our picture was even comparable to Bollywood movie 😉

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  • July 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    I have visited the lavender fields of Provence often, but it’s always lovely to see how others see it too, and also to see just how pretty it is through your fabulous photos! A great post and makes me want to visit again, Karen

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
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      Thanks Karen..

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
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      Lavender fields are definitely worth visit

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  • July 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm
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    Aw the famous lavender fields, aren’t they beautiful? It is the perfect backdrop to tranquility .

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
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      Agree Ana 🙂

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  • July 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    Wow, what an amazing experience. I love the pictures! This sounded like such a lovely trip.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
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      Thanks Liz

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  • July 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    I love those pictures! However, I’m not too sure if I’d like to go there, considering that I would probably end up with a major headache because of the scent…

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
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      Thanks Annie.. You are definitely missing something beautiful 😉

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  • July 19, 2016 at 1:36 am
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    Stunning photos! I adore Fontaine-de-Vaucluse most with the amazing spring as the highlight. 🙂

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
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      Thanks Jessica

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  • July 19, 2016 at 4:50 am
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    Beautiful photos. What a lovely way to spend a day.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:26 am
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      Thanks Karla

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  • July 19, 2016 at 5:42 am
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    What an experience! The Lavender field in Lioux looks so purple-y beautiful. Stunning photos!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:36 am
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      Thanks Sara

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  • July 19, 2016 at 6:13 am
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    Lavender was one of my favorite blooms when I was a kid and back then I didn’t know how valued it was! It’s pretty much used for everything, from tea to skin care products. I think it would be nice to take a tour here and just enjoy the scenery and learn more about the very lovely flower!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:35 am
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      We were surprised too to know about the uses of Lavender.. its amazing

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  • July 19, 2016 at 8:02 am
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    This place looks stunning, beautiful photos! I use lavender all the time, ts great to see where it’s all made

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:34 am
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      Wow that awesome Imogen.. loved the fragrance its mesmerizing!!

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  • July 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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    I love lavenders and seeing those fields must be breathtaking!! The view of Gordes is great too

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
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      Thanks Lizelle

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  • July 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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    Oh WOW!, those lavender fields are beautiful. It truly is the perfect postcard picture. You make me want to get on the next flight to visit this spectacular place.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:26 am
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      Thanks Tescha. Yes they are amazing indeed.. want to visit them soon 😉

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  • July 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    Absolutely stunning! Lavender fields are so unique and need to see in live. The season is unfortunately so short. Here in Hunagry there’re also lavender fields and lavender villages. Love that fresh and relaxing scent.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
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      Agree Tiina the season is so short that spotting the fields becomes dicey but then its worth it

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  • July 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    Lavender field is an astonish view. Your photos are stunning. I did a road trip to Cote D’azzur last year, but only got 1 night stayed in Avignon and couldn’t make it to visit Lavender fields. Thank you for your information included the reference of Provan tour guide.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:27 am
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      Thanks Rose.. Provans tour wont disappoint you 🙂 And lavenders are a lifetime experience

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  • July 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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    Wowzerzz. I could sit by that river with the greenery growing under the water all dy long. It is so beautiful. I just love all that nature shares with us.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:29 am
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      True Caleste the vegetation under water is truly amazing

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  • July 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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    What a great experience you had! The lavender fields are simply fantastic! I’d love to go to the lavender museum one day to see the distillation process as I am a huge fan of this amazing flower!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:30 am
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      Thanks Eugenia, the process of distillation is interesting indeed

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  • July 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    I would love to travel here. Ive been dreaming about those beautiful Lavender fields for a while.

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  • July 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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    Lavender fields look gorgeous and I bet, it would have been an epic moment to get clicked in front of it! Glad you guys had a great trip!

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:30 am
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      True Anamika, its truly amazing to be there amidst the purples

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  • July 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    I’d never heard of Gordes before but it looks absolutely STUNNING! Would love to visit there one day 🙂

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:31 am
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      You will love the village of Gordes, hope you visit soon

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  • July 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    Some really beautiful photos in this post. What struck me the most was how stunning some of the buildings are. The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque in particular is quite striking, providing a backdrop for the numerous rows of lavender. I bet the smell was extremely relaxing as well! Avignon and the rest of this region looks inspiring, such beauty so close to home!

    WTW.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:32 am
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      Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is the picture postcard view of Avignon and stunning beautiful

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  • July 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    This is breath-taking! I’ve been to Avignon, and I LOVE lavender and use it to make soaps and lotions, so this is such a perfect place to add to my bucket list. I need to revisit this town and definitely stop by the lavender fields. So pretty, thanks for sharing! Love the photo of you guys in front of the lavender field.

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    • mm
      July 25, 2016 at 8:32 am
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      Thanks Kari. Glad you liked it

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  • July 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    It’s great that your trip included visits to other places too and you got to experience a bit of the french country side. I have discovered recently that there are some lavender fields south of London and now I really want to go and visit. I always thought that growing lavender was a french thing, but in secret, I think I always wished to be in one of those purple fields.

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