Provence is famous for lavender, but me—I prefer the poppies…
… the “coquelicots” that bloom in May.
Farmers plant fields of poppies just for their beauty.
We can always find poppies around Bonnieux and Lacoste…
… and near colorful Roussillon across the valley.
The poppies offer some of the best photo ops in Provence…
Everyone loves the poppies in Provence.
Poppies make people smile.
Some people lie in the poppies. Some seem to swim through the flowers.
And some can’t help skipping.
Some poppies share their field with other flowers.
Some poppies are sown by the wind, growing here and there…
… along a wall
… near an ancient bridge
… around castle ruins…
… and among the vines.
Later in summer, we sometimes see poppies and lavender together.
Our friend Françoise painted this picture of Bonnieux and the poppies. It hangs in our home, a reminder of a special friend, a special place, a special time of year.
Reminding us that soon we’ll be back in Provence with the poppies again.
Kathy Wood and her husband Charley lead European Experiences, week-long “slow tours” in some of the most beautiful areas of Europe, including The Luberon Experience in Provence, France. National Geographic Traveler magazine named The Luberon Experience one of their “Tours of a Lifetime” for 2012, the top 50 tours in the world.
In 2016 Kathy and Charley offered Experience weeks in the Luberon, the Chianti region of Tuscany, Alsace, and the Cotswolds. Their 2017 schedule includes trips in the Luberon, Alsace, the Dordogne, and the Cotswolds. See their 2017 schedule here.
Kathy and Charley have been traveling in Europe for over 25 years and love sharing their special places in Europe with other travelers. They’ve hosted 75+ Experience groups since they launched in 2006. They now live part-time in their beloved village of Bonnieux in the Luberon. Read more about Kathy and Charley here.
Slow Travel Tours is an affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries.