Hello! The traveller has returned. It;s been a really busy but very lovely summer this year, topped off by a fantastic week in Provence with my youngest daughter. The sun shone brightly, showering us with it's glorious warmth. Some days the temperature reached over 40 degrees and was never less than 33 for the largest part of the day. We didn't see a single cloud or even have to think about glancing at the weather forecast, before deciding on the day's activities. The food and wine was excellent and the company was just perfect! We had the best time!
Having never been to this area of France before, I was constantly in awe of it's stunning beauty. It seemed that around every corner turned was yet another pretty village, beautiful building or area of outstanding natural beauty. I have never seen anywhere so beautiful!
We initially stayed in Aix-en-Provence, from where we explored the hill towns and villages of the Verdon, as well as the wonderful Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon; each one as different as it was pretty. Everywhere was so clean and well kept and everyone so friendly. Wow factor times a hundred!
We moved on to stay in St-Rémy-de-Provence, from where we visited Avignon (yes, we sang the song on the bridge!) and discovered the delights of the Luberon, with more delightful villages along with water wheels, canals, ancient abbeys, Roman ruins and of course fields upon fields of lavender, olive groves, vineyards and orchards. Just stunning!