Our world is full of places magnetizing to people, and some of them are definitely worth visiting again and again. The famous Provence style attracts tourists like a magnet. So, here we are in the south of France to experience аuthentic Provence, and to feast our eyes on lavender at one.
There in the depth of lavender fields it feels so good withdrwing into the thoughts. I dreamed that some day Venice Carnival, magical Chinese Liani and unreachable Machu Picchu will come true. Dreaming is easy, among the odours of Provence!
There are a lot of picturesque cities on the map of Provence. Seeking for the floavourable miracle – france lavender, we crossed many roads and saw a lot of interesting places. We are about to show you just some of these tiny towns with their old and new, big and small houses: Gordes, Roussillon, Sault, Fort de Buoux, Lacoste. Welcome to authentic Provence.
For example, this neglected house near Sault. I like old houses, so I couldn’t help coming in. Such place are some kind of magical. Here, in this very spot such a fascination can somewhat be explained with a so-called Provence style.
Sweet old authentic Provence house: grape-vine spread through the sunny terrace, still unbroken creaky wooden floor, pigeons, cozily accommodated under the old roof, and all these among the lavender fields. Doesn’t it full of charm?
And this is a completely another house – formerly possessed by Marquis de Sade.
Though he is a man of ill-fame, but some of his works are considered a classic French literature.
The castle is almost completely destroyed, but Lacoste itself is truly admirable. The streets are the alive illustration to the authenticity of Provence. It feels so good walking along these stones! And just imagine the life here!
Fort de Buoux
But you can also see completely different types of buildings in Provence. Spirit of the Roman Empire indwells the place. Even in Italy itself we have never came across such amount and difference of stages and theatres as in Provence.
Winded from all sides the former Roman outpost Fort de Buoux predominates over the whole territory. Coming up closer.
It is also some kind of a house, a house for the whole community. It was built by their own hands, protected them against the weatherbeaten and wars, and now it is empty but it still bears an аuthentic mark to the modern Provence. «Modern and Provence» – sounds rather strange!
Today Fort de Buoux is a little village with remnants of mid Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age burial ground. At the time of the Religious Wars the Fort became a refuge for the pursued protestants Waldensians.
Seeking for lavender fields, we crossed over the geographic triangle Gordes – Roussillon – Sault over and over, admiring Provence cities of all kinds.
Gordes – is a tiny mountain village, but the pictures of this village are famous all over the world, and the French glitterati prefers this very place to have a rest. Every single house in this place is filled with the Provincial authenticity. Even the church is so unlike the solemn catholic cathedrals – very shiny.
And a bit aside of Gordes there is a completely special Provence city – bright as an orange Roussillon. They produce ochre for ages, which adds such an amazing brilliance to Roussillon.
I guess there are a lot of other wonderful cities on the map of Provence, but we were lack of time visiting them. But there definitely will be a story about one of them – Oppede le Vieux. Some day.
Now we say au revoir to Provence. How ir remembered me? For me Provence is a land of color and flavour. Everything is buzzing…. Somehow all these bumblebees are not scary at all in here, they simply do not care about us, when there is such a feast around!
You grind a fragrant lilac spring in your hands and smell till the next field. It’s a garden of Eden. People have a plain living here, but they seem to live it in a harmony with both themselves and nature.
Everything is bright and colorful. It’s no joke – Vinsent Van Gog, Gogen, Matisse, Paul Cizanne, Mark Shagal and Picasso was creating in Provence. Now modern artists are trying to catch a momentum in this place, just like us with our cameras.
Living among such a colors, local inhabitants definitely have a strong reason to smile often and openly, to be happy with the surrounding reality not longing to Machu Picchu.
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