Monday, July 16, 2012

Vacation Photos of the South of France and Lavender!

The Village of Monieux, France

A Hedge of Rosemary!

Lavender Co-operative in Sault
Views of the Lavender Fields below Sault

A Private Kitchen Garden  in Sault

More Lavender Fields

The Red-Ocre Soil of the Lavender Fields

Abbaye Norte-Dame de Senanque Outside Gordes

Lavender at the Musee de la Lavande
Production Gardens of the Musee des Aromes

Production Gardens of the Musee des Aromes

Sharon Lovejoy's Favorite Village in the south of France, Saignon
I really haven't share enough of my trips to Vancouver or Europe last year.  So in anticipation of my guest blogger post being posted on The Herb Companion website, I'm going to be publishing more photos of my visits to both Vancouver and Europe last year.  Because we are in the midst of July and this is when we got to see the lavender blooming, I'm sharing some favorite views of the south of France.  There will be more to come.  This is just the first wave.  I did drive for your safety and mine.  Really it is the only way to see some of the small villages and get the feel of the south of France.  Many of the villages sit up on rock ledges and small mountains.  It was beautiful weather and a beautiful place.  Here are some links for the places we visited.  Abbaye Norte-Dame de Senanque is a beautiful 12th century abbey where the monks grow both lavender and keep bees for their livelihood.  Musee de la Lavande is of course the Museum of Lavender near Gordes.    Musee des Aromes is a perfume museum and distillery of lavender and other fragrances near Graveson.  Dear Sharon Lovejoy pointed in the direction of Saignon and we were not disappointed Sharon.  There was even a wedding there in the church.  A very special place.

Hope you are having a great day.  We have the ickies and stickies back!  It is really icky this time!  Will show you what else I have been up to in the coming days.  Talk to you later.


Barbara The Healthy Nut said...

What stunning photos, taken by someone with a very artistic eye. They evoke just exactly what I recall France looking like on my one visit many years ago. Thanks for sharing. I can almost smell the lavender!

Carol said...

Beautiful photos! France has always been one of the places I want o visit. Hopefully someday :0)
We did get some rain over the weekend but the heat is back in force here today :0(

lemonverbenalady said...

Oh, thanks, BHN. Some days with my camera are better than others. The south of France is such a magical place.

Yes, as you can see by my new banner page, Carol, we got a drenching yesterday! You are crazy hot and we are just hot and sticky. Don't like that combination. Thanks for coming by ladies! xxoo Nancy

Anonymous said...

Oh how gorgeous. I love lavender, I can just imagine the scent. That rosemary hedge is pretty special too.

lemonverbenalady said...

Yes, Tracey, it was a dream of a lifetime! The rosemary was wonderful as well! Thanks for stopping by. xxoo Nancy

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear Nancy,

This is my third try to post a comment. It just wasn't working the last two times. Couldn't jar it into life.

I loved looking at your photos and could almost smell the lavender. I am so happy you liked Saignon, quite a setting.

Jeff and I also went to that Abbey, but they had ripped out a square of tile in the floor, and not cordoned it off. I fell into the hole and ruined my knee, split both knees out of my pants. Do you think they had any ice to stop the swelling?? Nope, plenty of lavender and honey, but NO ICE!

Love, love, love France and want to return.

I feel like I had a vacation without jet lag.



lemonverbenalady said...

Dear Sharon, you are more injury prone that I am! Always when you need something, they don't have it! Thanks for coming by and for being an inspiration. xxoo Nancy