A House in the Sunflowers by Ruth SilvestreI really loved this book! I felt like I really got to know the author and her family and the friends they made when they spent summers at their sunny house in southwestern France next to fields and a pond. The book covers several years of summers, so there is a progression through various projects, times with friends and harvest days. Reading this book made me feel I was right there in the bright fields of the countryside with the warm sun shining over everything and the flowers blooming. This book had great warmth and would be a good read on a cold and dreary day in winter.
Finding Sunflowers and Lavender Fields: Postcards From Provence
I'm travelling to France from Australia in July and the main thing I want to see are the sunflower and lavender fields. Where is the best town to stay where I can visit both fields that is close by? And is the best way to see these fields by car? Lavender Harvest is to happen any time between early and mid July pending on the spring we'll have which has been mild do far so expect an early harvest. Sault is the capital of the Lavender but you'll be able to see nice fields near Roussillon in the Luberon.
When to Visit the Lavender Fields
At Only Provence we often get the question—When is the best time to visit? In all honesty, it is a very difficult question to answer as every season in Provence offers a unique advantage. The summer months also offer the largest selection of restaurants, endless antiques, art and music festivals. The few downsides to this high-season : The popular villages can get quite congested with tourists and the rates for renting villas are at peak during this season with many families reserving a year in advance. Strolling the markets you might be apt to hear more English and you most certainly will have to reserve ahead when going out to eat in the evenings. At the end of August the crowds slowly dissipate and with the days shortening you can literally feel the region take a long awaited breath. The days remain hot and sunny yet the evenings and mornings bring a delightful and welcome nip to the air.
The rolling hills of lavender in Provence are a photographers dream! The easiest way to get around Provence is to hire a car. It will give you all the freedom you need to get off the beaten track and discover the region at your own pace! I rented a Fiat during my trip, and it was the perfect size to maneuver around the small roads in the towns like Gordes and Sault. The best time to visit the lavender fields in Provence depends on the region your visiting. It can also change year to year, especially if the rains are early or late.
An iconic symbol of Provence, violet-coloured lavender fields are usually in flower from the end of June to mid August, with the peak time being in early July. Meanwhile, the bright yellow sunflowers that line the roadsides on this tour, and famously inspired the likes of Van Gogh, also bloom in July and August, giving you the chance to view vast fields of these two eye-catching flowers side by side. Click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested French touring holidays. Fly from London to Nice, where you pick up a hire car. Spend one night here before driving northwest to Crillon-le-Brave. Enjoy the sight of the numerous sunflower fields which line the roads along the route, particularly between Avignon and Carpentras. On your final day, return to Nice for your flight back to the UK.