By: Lena M.
“The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows…”-William C. Bryant
Throughout history, humans have attributed specific meanings to flowers and used flowers to convey these meanings. This practice grew especially popular during the Victorian era, when people selected the flowers within a bouquet as carefully as they would choose the words for a letter. Many flowers have distinguishable meanings. For example, red roses are associated with relationship and fervency, while daisies denote naivety. In the language of flowers, lavender flowers denote purity, silence, devotedness, and caution.
To say that the lavender fields are everywhere in France – same as to say nothing new. Endless fields of lavender, are everywhere you look, they are everywhere. They even have legends and tales. Travelers say, “Lavender fields are actually existing, they are true, and it is verified”. Acres of blue fields lie close to several villages in northern Provence. The field is immense, lavender grows in equal rows, and if you brush over the soft pale purple flowers, you will smell an incredibly pleasant aroma. This is the soul of Provence.
Visiting all the lavender fields would take a week, if not more. The largest number of plantings are concentrated in the village of Banon. It is worth a visit and so are the surrounding towns: Avignon, Arles, Grasse, Aix-en-Provence, Gordes, Apt.
If you really want to see these amazing fields, then you definitely should visit a place called Valensole. It is called the “Romantic Provence Lavender”, flower fans feel like a fish in water amidst the field of flora. It is pretty small. Some quick tourists manage to look around in 10 minutes. However, there are not many tourists, and lavender fields are always in your eyes’ view.
On the road of Valensole in the town of Gordes is the famous Abbey de Senank.
It can be visited only three times a day at three specific times. They can only be visited at 10:30, 14:30 and 16:30. The tour lasts more than an hour and will cost you about 7 euros. People say that only “true connoisseur of architecture can handle this tour.”
Of course, the beauty of lavender fields cannot not inspire romance and poetry.
People with unbalanced nervous systems tend to come here quite often while pregnant women can not endure the intensity of the lavender fields for long periods of time. Lavender in such quantities is grown for the production of soap, perfume, honey, alcoholic liquors, and other souvenirs.This plant is also added to dishes. It is used in the manufacture of chocolate, ice cream and even in the preparation of meat. In Provence, there are restaurants serving foods exclusively with lavender.
[Travel Tip: Be careful with bees near lavender fields… and be sure to use sunscreen.]