We did a quick trip to Provence at the end of the lavender season. First off, it would have been a lot better if we came here a week or two earlier. There’s not much left of the lavenders. However, the Provence region is beautiful though. We took a day tour to Sault and Luberon with the Provence Xplorer.
We made several stops at picturesque provencal villages along the way while driving along countryside roads. Our first stop of the day was at Lourmarin – a charming village – that became Peter Mayle’s inspiration for “A year in Provence.” The Renaissance castle made it a good photo stop. We then head to Roussillon for long break to enjoy the exploring the town itself and also have lunch. This is by far my favorite of the places we visited. There’s also an opportunity to do a little 30 minutes hike on the Ochre path. We didn’t do this, but we viewed the rock formation from the view point. Its deemed the “Provencal Colorado”.
After lunch we had time to admire the landscapes and the lavender fields while heading to Sault. Although there were limited number of lavender fields at this time of the year, the view made it worth the drive anyway.
For our evenings, we spent it in one michelin star restaurants in Marseille. Some said the Marseille is ugly – this is partly true. However, I like the port area. Whilst being a bit too crowded, its lively and have a great view of the Notredame basillica.