After 4 days in bustling Barcelona, things seemed to slow down a little as we arrived in the South of France, which was well away from the urban areas.
I was kind of glad we did that instead of doing the conventional route of visiting Paris. I just found it nice to go where the locals holidayed and enjoy the summer sights in the countryside and along the Riveria.
So here are my snapshots of the first part of our route along the South of France, starting off from the medieval town of Carcassonne, moving on to the town of Avignon where we took a day trip to the lavender fields in Provence 🙂
And that is pretty much the 1st half of our France leg!
I’ve to admit I was a tad disappointed that we didn’t get to go to the more famous lavender fields like Sénanque Abbey or Valensole Plateau. These places are usually accessed by self-drives and Ms Gan didn’t have her driving license at that time. It was too expensive to rent a car at that time too, as we didn’t book ahead.
I was also a little sad that we didn’t see some sunflower fields along the way as they seem to be harder to find. So anyway, a tip if you are planning to see the lavender fields in the future – it might be worth it planning ahead and doing a self-drive. You’ll have more time to appreciate the scenery (tours are usually rushed), choose your route and stop by the more famous lavender fields, and along the way, you can probably spy some sunflower fields too!
Anyhow, I was still delighted to finally see the lavender fields, because that was what I was dreaming about from the time we decided to include South of France in our itinerary. It did feel surreal, walking through the field of violet, taking in the fresh air and smell of lavender, and viewing the French countryside in the background. Ah, if I could go back there and do it again, I would!
So from here, we went on to Pont Du Gard, Nice & Monaco as part of our South of France journey… so stay tuned!