As the OCD travel planner for member of the family, I researched and researched and researched the “best” lavender driving routes for this holiday. A Provence tour has been on my proverbial list for an inordinate amount of time, and by gosh, I was not leaving the south of France without seeing lavender.
Well, plans be damned. The insolent lavender across Provence does not all flower at the same time (as in the “postcard” photo at Abbaye Senanque that we’ve all seen a million times). We quickly learned to be happy about this minor detail. Given the gross number of tour buses streaming about, being a week or so ahead of the summer crush was good.
Sometimes, to our delight, though, the fragrant buds presently themselves perfectly. Can you hear the bees buzzing about?
As we learned on our day drive, there is no true “lavender route.” We discovered fields of lavender here, there, and everywhere; up close and in the distance as we motored around the Luberon. Wherever we paused, though, the heady aroma of warm lavender welcomed us.
We exchanged pleasantries with fellow lavender lovers from all over Europe along our drive, too, taking turns snapping family photos. Lavender lovers are a friendly bunch!
Baby lavender!  The plants should be in full bloom next summer, and we may just have to visit beautiful Provence again.