Today we are so happy to share with you this new travel article about Provence for two reasons, first because it’s filled with so many incredible photos of the places, so many adventures, emotions and of course a lot of useful information about how to organize a road trip in Provence and the second reason is because this is the first article wrote by Pier!
So enjoy this new adventure with us and get a lot of tips and tricks and eye-candy photography from one of the most beautiful parts of France, Provence!
As you may know we live in the italian north-west, between Milano and Torino. It’s a very nice area because we are superclose to everywhere, the apls the sea, the big city and also to the french border. For this reason this summer me and Angy had the pleasure to do a long road trip in France, through Provence till Vaucluse, an area which is close from where we live but we never had chance to visit very well as I am going to tell you.
I’ve decided to split this post in 3 different parts, the first one I’m going to tell you is Gourdon, Castellane, Verdon and lavender and sunflower fields!
After entering in France from Italy on the coastal border, we first started driving in the interior on our way to Grasse, which is a town well known for being the biggest parfumes production center worldwide. You can stop there to visit the church Notre Dame du Puy where they have paints by Rubens, the famous flemish painter.
Grasse was going to be the last “big” town for a while, because after that we entered into the Verdon National Park with this big dream: to find the famous lavander fields we have always seen in so many photos.
We stopped for a break in Gourdon, amazing feudal village with a breathtaking view from the hills to the Cote d’azur sea. You can have a walk in the beautiful and narrow streets and visit the little shops all around.
Keep going following up the Verdon river then we stopped in Castellane, which is the point of reference for everything concerning the Verdon river, from there you can organize kanyoning or rafting experience, or just get based to discover the incredible nature of that area.
We didn’t do any sporty activities this time but I still remember my first rafting experience here some years ago, sailing down the waterfalls, so amazing.
In fact is around there where the river creates the “Gorges du Verdon”, one of the most suggestive kanyon in Europe, up to 700 metres tall, with its turquoise water which I strongly recommand to see and maybe dive into even if the temperature is not exactly warm.
After enjoying this beautiful area we moved on, remembering which was our aim for this first part of the trip: to see and shoot the lavander fields. Unfortunately we didn’t know we were late, the best period for lavander is may-june so don’t forget this if you want to do a similar trip; but fortunately when we arrived in Valensole, the lavander capital, there was just one lavander field left before the harvest so we were not totally disappointed. 🙂
The lavender fields were not only that captured our eyes while driving but at some point we so a million or maybe more of sunflowers, and yes, we stopped! We started to shoot non stop while Angy was jumping as a little kid in the middle of sunflower fields.
So, in advance, sorry but you have soooome of them!
I hope you enjoy the beginning of our journey, and come back for a part 2 of the PROVENCE ON THE ROAD in a few days.