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My Lavender-Scented Dream in Provence

I’d been waiting for this moment for years….


I’d been waiting for this moment for years… This trip has been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Finally, we were going to visit Provence. The land of endless lavender fields. A region filled with quaint towns at every turn. If it was possible, you could rename this region Perfection and it would fit like a glove. Driving from Lyon, as we started south on the road to Provence, I could hardly contain my excitement.

My Lavender-Scented Dream in Provence

With my hubby in one of the many sunflower fields we passed as we entered into Provence

As we approached the Luberon region where we’d be staying, a sign on the highway highlighted that Châteauneuf du Pape was just a short drive off the highway. Despite my giddiness for reaching Provence, a pit stop in this famed wine region was the right call. As we drove curiously through the town, we noticed a biodynamic vineyard called Domaine De Beaurenard and stop for a quick tasting. After a few sips, I began to understand why wine drinkers around the globe go crazy for this stuff. We bought a couple of bottles and jumped back into the car to finish the last leg of our trip.

My Lavender-Scented Dream in Provence

Tasting Domaine De Beaurenard wines in Châteauneuf du Pape, France

You don’t need signs to become fully aware that you’ve entered Provence. It sounds like a fib, but you can sense when your tires cross into the Luberon region. The air becomes sweet smelling. The color gets a bit more amber. I wasn’t dreaming it. My husband and our friends confirmed what I was experiencing. It felt magical, and I couldn’t wait to begin exploring…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 67 Comments

  1. Maria Rapier

    Lacoste and Bonnieux is a favorite and I would have ranked it on my 1st and 2nd. I’m not sure why, I guess I like things different.

    • Marjory Brooks

      All the places that were listed are great. I would have ranked it all #1. 😁

  2. Oxi Harger

    If you go to Verdon, it’s where you discover that Provence is wilder than you suspected. It’s not just lavenders and good tasting wines. From sunlit vineyards and pine forests around Lorgues and Brignoles, it swings north to a rockier, rougher country of gorges, ravines and sinuous roads which want you dead. Plus, it’s vertigo-inducing too.

  3. Jenni Wilson

    Not only does this sound exciting, it seems to be one of the best places that you can go in your entire life!!

  4. Martin Lee

    Le Phebus is a very nice place. Unbeatable service and cuisine that really deserves their 5-star status.

  5. Frankie Carlile

    2-3 days in Provence is not enough for you to experience its beauty in its entirety! Sure, that may be very tiring but it’s really worth it.

  6. Rosett Armendariz

    Amazing photos! I wish there was more of the landscapes, too.

  7. Ida Reeves

    Sault was one of my top picks too. It’s a lovely place to chill!

  8. Debra Whaley

    When you travel and all your senses were engaged, it creates such a blissful and fulfilling feeling. Provence really tickles all your senses and that’s what makes it such an unforgettable vacation. It’s like every sweet lavender scent will remind you of that trip, and every architectural wonder you see as you browse over the internet reminds you the feeling of strolling around the streets of Aix. That’s the feeling I got as soon as I got back to my apartment.

  9. Michelle Lee

    Verdon Gorge is recommended to those who like being on the adventurous side. Rafting and rock climbing are just two of the activities that I truly enjoyed.

    • Veola Sancho

      Sounds fun! It’s a lot different from just strolling down the cobble stoned streets.

  10. Kathryn Gibson

    You shouldn’t miss Cours Mirabeau. Although this is the grandest boulevard within old Aix, it has the down-to-earth feel, unlike the Parisian equivalent of the Champs Elysees.

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