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.
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.
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…