Provence. The very name gives a breathe of fresh air, a sense of renewal, an “awe”. Images of people sitting at outdoor cafes sipping coffee, markets bustling with locals buying locally grown produce and fresh baked baguettes, couples or families strolling the countryside lined with vineyard slopes and olive groves, are just a few easily imagined in the land of Provence.
Lavender in Provence
Lavender in Provence is definitely something you want to put on your bucket list of places to go and things to see. The palette of deep purples to vibrant blues often against an 11th or 12th century architectural design or village is, needless to say, breath taking.
However, here’s the hitch: the four corners of the world know about it today. Each year, the Provencal lavender bloom attracts thousands, and thousands of visitors. So where does that leave you?
What is a Kings Cake?
Colorful January in Provence! No, Provence is not a tropical island but it does have an array of colors even in the middle of winter. I’m talking about a particular delight in all French bakeries that help cheer the soul during the long and grey month of January. Yesterday, I went around to a few bakeries in my hometown to get some pictures to show you just what I’m talking about.