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 Chianti Experience in Tuscany, Italy and 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 2014 Kathy and Charley hosted Experience weeks in the Luberon (Provence), Chianti (Tuscany), the Périgord (Dordogne), and the Cotswolds (England). This summer they will focus on France, offering trips in the Luberon and the Périgord and developing a new trip in Alsace. See their 2016 schedule here.
Kathy and Charley have been traveling in Europe for over 20 years and love sharing their special places in Europe with other travelers. They have hosted 60 Experience groups since they launched in 2006. 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.