The Lavender Festival, Provence

On our first day in Provence we woke up early and sniffed out a beautiful spot to watch the sunrise.

And when I say sniff, I mean it!

I have never smelled a sunrise quite like this one…

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The dew left over from a cold night warming gently in the golden light, mingling with the lavender and filling the air with its rich, heavy perfume.

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So much more magical than during the heat of the day, the moisture all around feels as though you’re swimming through the sunrise.

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I couldn’t resist a spin with my new toy before we left… (Press play below)

Bee’s eye view of the most beautiful sunrise I ever smelled 🐝🇫🇷

A video posted by Rosie Londoner (@rosielondoner) on

Later we made our way to Valensole for their annual Lavender Festival, a celebration to mark the start of the harvest.

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A pretty hillside town with a patchwork of terracotta roofs.

Crafters, artists and artisans lined the streets, selling their lavender scented, flavoured and coloured wares.

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Musicians played and the sun baked streets were filled with the sound of chatter, laughter and haggling.

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We strolled through the market, ducking into tents and dipping hands into fountains as we passed.

Somewhat envious of this guy’s ride…

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The local area thrives on lavender and its byproducts.

The best of which being honey!

The hills are filled with the contented buzzing of a billion bees, all working away turning the fragrant lavender into delicately scented honey.

Which in turn is slathered onto buttered bread, poured over yogurt, into tea and turned into cakes.

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Away from the hustle and bustle we found a little lavender stall all on its own.

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Where we met the nicest man in all of Provence, who piled us high with pickings from the fields around Valensole.

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If you find yourself in Valensole, you must go and see him.

This is the exact spot and I just know you’ll love him and his shop as much as I did.

He doesn’t speak a word of English, but it gives you a chance to gesture wildly, smile a lot and mutter in whatever French you can manage. Lavender is one euro a bunch and you should buy lots, as it keeps the wasps away.

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Armed with our smelly prizes of lavender and garlic we set off to explore the town.

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Sunglasses (50% off)

Gingham dress (with pockets! On sale and comes in 3 colours)

Straw hat // Sandals

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The festival is every 3rd Sunday in July, I wouldn’t say it’s worth planning a trip around but certainly worth an early morning visit if you’re in the area.

With or without the festival, just outside of Valensole, you’ll find the views you’ve always longed to see.

The never ending purple fields of Provence.

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Stretching on for as far as the eye can see, waving in the breeze and gently humming with bees.

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Of course French bees don’t buzz.

They boozz.

It’s much sexier.

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No French adventure (or any adventure now I come to think of it) would be complete without an ice cream.

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Vive la France!

And long live Provence.

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  • This looks so cool! It felt like I could smell all the lavender while I was reading.
    Norina xx

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  • Très belle ! Super beautiful photos Rosie, definitely inspiring a trip ! http://www.rompboutique.com

  • Visiting the lavender fields in Provence has been a dream of mine for a few years now. I want to get lost in the beautiful colors and amazing smell!
    I love the photos around the market, Rosie. When I get the chance to go I’ll plan my visit around the time when the festival takes place.

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  • Oh wow, this looks incredible! What a feast for the eyes (and nose!) x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Sophie Stewart

    Looks like you had a great time! I love the lavender field! Sophie x

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  • Love the drone video, and what an incredibly picturesque town

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Gosh, the scent of the lavender must be amazing! I have a few pots of it and even those give off an amazing smell. Lovely photos!

    The Leach Life | theleachlife.com

  • France is one of my favorite places and your post makes me want to rush back just for the lavender festival!

    xx

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  • the new blog is looking fab Rosie. Love the chic & clean style of the design 🙂

    The homepage structure looks great.

    Mel x

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  • What a beautiful site makeover! Congrats and thanks for your wonderful content!

  • Wow! I so so wanted to go when I was in the South of France, but it just didn’t work out for timing. Never say never though, I will get there. I can just imagine how incredible this must smell!!

    xx Jenelle
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  • Love the way you write you posts. And love lavender.

  • Just gorgeous!

    I can’t wait until I visit in Summer! http://rapunzille.com

  • omg this place looks incredible, so beautiful and magical! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Kelly Jean

    Your photos are amazing! What camera do you use? I use a Canon 80D for my photos 🙂

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  • Charlotte

    Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely wonderful. Your pictures are incredibly stunning!

    Charlotte | Two Cats One Flat