Warning! May contain lavender!
The holiday got off to an inauspicious start, weatherwise anyway :
It seems the rain followed us from Ireland. We had thundery and, at times, torrential downpours for the first two days.
It turned out to be perfect weather for a spot of dégustation (wine tasting), though, and we set of for Pierrevert, on the other side of the Grand Luberon, and one of our favourite producers of red wine, Domaine de La Blaque. The weather improved en route :
but we kept our minds on the job in hand and eventually arrived at Domaine de La Blaque. This place was really busy, with a steady stream of tourists popping in to sample and buy.
We did our tasting, contributed to the local economy, put the boxes in the car and headed back towards Céreste. A walk was in order, seeing as the rain had stopped, so we did a short (one hour) loop at the top of the Grand Luberon. It was through forest all the way, so there were no spectacular views, but it was quite steep in places. It seems that, for once in my life, I'm fitter than the Long Suffering Husband! You can't tell from the picture, but he was actually gasping in this photo on the right! Speaking of Long Suffering, it seems I am destined to be the Long Suffering Wife on this trip. The LSH has been keen to photograph lavender fields for a few years now, and finally we are in Provence at the right time. While he clicks away with his super-duper camera, I could sit in the car like the sainted Long Suffering Wife that I am, but instead, I'm practising with my new Nikon Coolpix P300.
There was this field, with the perfect little Provencal building at the far end, which he had earmarked since our winter visit. I took shots from several different angles, while messing around with depth of field,
|Focussed on the building|
|Focussed on the foreground|
|Mostly focussed on the foreground|
|Mostly focussed on the foreground again|
These last two are my favourites, I think the blue sky and the very dark lavender helps.
In general, the plan for our whole holiday is to do loads of walking, starting early in the morning because it's very hot by the middle of the day. So far, we've only managed one early morning walk. We went up La Gardette, a small hill (400M high) behind Céreste, one of our favourite walks while we were living here.
There's the field of sage at the start (it looks a lot like lavender but a different colour)
Winter (slightly different angle):
and of course there was the view of the Grand Luberon from the back of La Gardette :
Still more lavender, wild lavender this time, so not so thick and clumpy
and this cool bug :
The biggest building was, of course, the church :
How on earth did they make those holes with only hand tools? They're pretty deep!
The whole thing has a real Lord of the Rings feel to it - Rivendell, perhaps?
Buoux is also a very popular climbing centre, this photo is for my brother... spot the climber :
Mont Ventoux, which looked over us as we covered the first 200km of Le Big Trek.