Abbaye de Senanque

Summer in Provence, France

London has been freezing for the past couple of days (it even snowed!), so I dug into my photo repository for the comfort of warmer days. I stumbled upon my trip to South of France last summer. What better time to show these to you? It’s March now so if my post entice you at all, you’d still have time to organize a trip this summer to the beautiful Provence!

My friend and I met in Marseille. I flew from London and she from Geneva. From Marseille we drove to Aix-en-Provence – a beautiful small town not so far from Marseille.

sweet shop - Aix-en-Provence

sweet shop at Aix-en-Provence

lavender at Abbaye de Senanque

Lavender – the main reason we came here!

We spent a couple of nights in Luberon, at a lovely Bed & Breakfast hosted by a very nice old lady.

Lavender - Luberon

more lavender in our room

B&B - Luberon

our lovely Bed & Breakfast

dog - Luberon


breakfast - Luberon

our amazing breakfast! heavenly baguette overlooking the lavender fields OMG

Abbaye de Senanque

Abbaye de Senanque – the postcard view that inspired this trip

Abbaye de Senanque

what a gorgeous abbey – it has to be seen to be believed! :)

There’s so much photo opportunity here that everybody was posing and taking pictures. Some girls dressed up and were obviously prepared. Luckily there was so much lavender that we didn’t have to fight for space!

June to mid July is the best time to catch the lavender. A bit later and they would already farm the lavender (though it might be a good time to catch the sunflowers). We kinda pushed it a bit and went a bit after mid-July because it almost overlapped with my long summer Europe trip! We still experienced lots of lavender, though it was probably not the peak time.

French white village

French white village

summer in Provence

summer in Provence

On our last day we spent the entire morning to afternoon at a weekly market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, another lovely little town in the region.

weekly market at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

go saucisson crazy!

weekly market at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

or olives crazy

weekly market at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

or flowers

We ended our trip at Avignon. I was really bummed that we didn’t have much time to spend time at Avignon and check out the Papal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a crucial piece of history as it was the seat of six Popes for about 60 years when people had disagreement with Rome. Seat of the papacy finally returned to Rome, but Avignon remains the only place that was once the papacy residence outside of Rome.

Palais des Papes or Papal Palace

Palais des Papes or Papal Palace. All I got was a few snapshots outside of the palace :(

So do you think you want to go to Provence now? Check out Trip Advisor for ideas, find a hotel, and have a fantastic summer holiday! :)

Luberon, Provence, France

Mee happy in Provence

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The Traveling Reader
I left home when I was 17 and never stop exploring the world since. Most days I'm a digital technician at one of the London's biggest visual effects studio. My alternate persona writes and travels and dreams of doing these as a living. I alternately call myself Indonesian or Australian whichever is more beneficial at the time, and I've been a Londoner since 2011.