It’s that rarest of all things in Provence right now, a rainy summer day. So I thought I’d post a few pictures of the scenery around here during sunnier times, to brighten up my day and, hopefully, yours.
The lavender photos are from a recent outing to Sault, famous for its lavender fields and home to a yearly lavender festival. The village and the natural beauty surrounding it qualify it for protection as a UNESCO site, and when you see it, there’s no question why. We stopped by a shop owned by some family friends, who sell lavender honey, soap, bubble bath, essential oil, liqueur and even herbes de Provence with a healthy dose of lavender thrown into the mix. If you’ve never had an herb-crusted steak grilled over a fire made entirely with grapevine wood, you don’t know what you’re missing.
As for the sunflower fields, the most extraordinary thing about them is how ordinary they are. We didn’t even have to go out of our way to take these photos, as sunflower fields are everywhere here. I haven’t lived here long enough to be blasé about them, though. They still take my breath away every time we go by. More photos at right.