This August, my boy @thisismathias and me went to Provence, France. Not just to look for new floral inspirations, of course. We love to drive around the countryside, speed through hills, flower fields, lavender and cypress alleys. In the middle of the amazing Valensole plateau, we found an old hotel from the last century, surrounded by an adorable wild flower garden. We love to show you some Flowergirls-pics we took at sunset-time in this french garden.
It's called Allemagne-en-Provence, a small village in the middle of the amazing area around Valensole plateau. The plateau is well known for its wide lavender fields. The best time for lovers of typical provencal landscapes to visit is July, when the Valensole plateau is awash with beautiful blue lavender in bloom. At the end of July the farmers harvest the fields, so be sure not to be too late for that.
Back to our lovely village Allemagne-en-Provence, where we found a hotel named Hotel le Moulin. It's a beautiful stone house form the last century and is surrounded by a garden with apple trees and wild flower fields. The terrace looks like in these old french movies and the rooms are super cute. Beside the Hotel is an old castle located - Château d'Allemagne-en-Provence - it looks like in a Wes Anderson movie. You can enter the Chateau garden and find an awesome old mini gold course and a swimmingpool. If your're lucky nobody's there and you can jump in for a forbidden-swim.
Hotel le Moulin
Garden of Eden
Of course, we had to take some pictures of our Flowercrowns in this Garden of Eden.
Don't miss Moustiers-Sainte-Marie when you are in alpes de provence. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in france. Moustiers lies at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon and spring flows out of the cliff above the town and creates a waterfall. Come to the village in the evenings, when the sun goes down. Then the huge mountains are orange colored and you can watch the sunset, sitting in a restaurant between these rocks, drinking a glass of wine.
Gorges de Verdun
Right around the corner, Gorges de Verdun has it's beginning. It's a huge cannyon with mountain roads on both sides - the french call it "Grand Cannyon of Europe". At the beginning of the cannyon is an amazing lake with crystal blue water. There is no way around of jumping in!! It's the perfect cool down before you drive up in the mountains to see the Gorges de Verdun from above.
AU REVOIR ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE, BONJOUR PROVENCE!
"the provencal postcard area"
From Gorges de Verdon we take the streets through beautiful vineyards, lavender fields and cypress alees to Riens and further to Charleval. This is the middle of the typical Provence you know from all the postcards and france-travel guides.
5 minutes away from this little town we found an adorable B&B called Le Mas Du Caprier. It's an old house with a huge garden. Your hosts, a super sweet couple, serves breakfast and dinner in the garden and opens their house for their guest like if they were family. Best part: They have a natural pool.
Le Mas Du Caprier
Le Mas Du Caprier is the perfect homebase to do all the small towns and cities you have to visit in Provence. Avignon and Aix en Provence, Roussillon and Gordon, Cavaillon and the well known Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. And many more.