Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not Quite a Year in Provence

There are two types of weather reports here in Wisconsin: cold and arctic. As a result, there hasn’t been any photographic opportunities of late so I’m going to post another photo from the archives.

Over the New Year’s weekend my sister asked me why I never printed and framed the photo I took of the lavender fields of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, near the town of Gordes in Provence, France. So I went searching in one of my older hard drives. Upon opening it in my photo browser it brought back many great memories.

That was a wonderful trip I took to France with my sister and her husband in July of 2003. My friend, Randy, was getting married in Provence, France and he asked me to travel there to be his best man. The wedding ceremony was held at the Eglise Notre Dame de I'lmmaculee Conception Catholic Church in Generac, France, a little town south of Nimes.

While in Provence we retraced the steps of the Roman past at the Pont du Gard, looked for Van Gogh's ear in Arles and held on to our money belts in Avignon.

Inspired by Peter Mayle's book "A Year in Provence," we spent a day joyriding in the Luberon region discovering the hill towns of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Isle sur la Sorgue and Gordes.

Just a short drive outside of Gordes, this is the Provence you see in guidebooks and on PBS specials. After a whole day of driving looking for the Provence lavender we were rewarded with this incredible postcard view.

Happy Travels!

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