October Tour in Provence
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite season is in Provence. I usually say spring as I love the wild flowers but when October comes around I am at awe with the ruby reds and golden yellows. An October tour in Provence provides stunning colors and a quieter, less busy touristy atmosphere.
October is also rich with festivals that seem to take a more authentic feel than those during the warmer months. Let me show you what an authentic small village festival looks like…
When in Provence, do tour Aix-en-Provence. My top tip for visiting this elegant and historically rich city is to decide before you go how you want to see it. If you go without choosing your focus you may be disappointed. The city has a cosmopolitan flair and you tend to hear a lot of English from many tourists as well as international students. It’s one of Provence’s larger cities and you can get lost in the common city atmosphere and not see the hidden treasures.
Cavaillon history walk – hidden treasures in Provence
Yesterday morning, while walking the ancient Roman road near my house in Cavaillon I stumbled upon more than ancient ruins. Not just one, not just two but a handful of lavender plants here and there. Surrounded by pine trees, thyme and limestone blocks from the Roman quarry I couldn’t help to marvel at this hidden lavender holding on to its fading purple flowers as if to give the curious wanderer one more treasure before winter arrives.
On my hike, that I have often done but never guided by Annie Gaudin, historian at the Cavaillon Heritage Museum, I put together the pieces of my puzzle.