Discover Prompt 15: The scent of lavender in Provence

All of us who love travel have bucket lists. And at the top of mine was an area I had seen only in books — and adored: the Luberon area of France in late June when lavender is in full bloom!

Even from my window seat on the tour bus, I pressed my nose and my camera to the glass to capture tidy fields of neatly planted lavender radiating out and forming movable spokes — well, almost — as we passed by.

But both of us were stunned when we stopped at Senanque Abbey near the village of Gordes to wander beside the fields and inside and around the abbey. Founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks, the abbey provided housing for monks and a place for writing and quiet worship. Today, the abbey, a fine example of Romanesque architecture and a stately anchor for the region, is much photographed and loved by visitors year-round.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

It wasn’t just the vivid purple color of the blossoms that made us fall in love with lavender. It was also the scent — fresh, not too sweet, but pleasant and inviting.

A tour of Musee de la Lavande acquainted us on the art of planting, harvesting, drying, and processing this much sought-after plant known for its medicinal qualities as well as its fragrance and beauty.

Of course, there was no resisting the purchase of lavender for friends.

And so it was that a dream was realized. I asked Bert to take this touristy shot of me wearing my Provencal t-shirt in one of the fields. And as silly as the picture is, I can still remember that joyous day in the Luberon.

And I can still smell that smell.

Rusha and Bert Sams

This post is one of a series of one-word prompts for April 2020 called Discover Prompts by WordPress. Enjoy!

20 thoughts on “Discover Prompt 15: The scent of lavender in Provence

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      I was sooo excited! I had heard about fields of lavender, but wasn’t sure we were touring at the right time to see them. So, you can imagine how happy I was that there they were right in front of us! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Stay safe.

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    Beautiful, Rusha! I have always wanted to see the fields of lavender for myself, but I haven’t managed it … yet. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking me there. I love the last photo. ~Terri

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      It didn’t surprise me that this was the number one clicked post. I now put fields of lavender in the same category as sunrises and sunsets: people pleasers!!! Thx for taking a look and commenting. Hope you’re still safe and not going stir crazy!!!

  3. lapoubelle1969

    This is on my bucket list as well, I’ve always put it off because I thought it would be crowded with other visitors. Maybe this June will be a lot quieter (if we’re allowed to travel)!

  4. anbaworldwide

    Oh, I absolutely love it. We were lucky to see lavender in bloom in 2018 and I, too, can still smell it (I also still have a little cache that I brought back with me 😉 )

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      You would be in photographer heaven. I now have a better camera, and I’d love to go back. This was also mid-day. If I go back, I hope we travel alone so we can go early morning when the color might be richer.

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