Lavender Fields Forever

Posted by Anne & Kirk Woodyard – Music and Markets Tours

Planning a summer visit to Provence? It’s lavender season, and the acres of purple beauty are well worth a day trip. A drive north to Sault in late July last year gave us the opportunity to see for ourselves:
I’ve always wanted to see the endless miles of lavender blooming in the upper Luberon,and have found out that it has not yet been harvested, so today we head north, scaling the heights of the Luberon range to the village of Sault. As we crest the top, the lavender fields begin – tidy rows from one angle,
masses of color from another.
It’s market day in Sault, and as we park, shoppers are departing with their bounty.
We can’t wait to see the valley views, and climb to the broad overlook at the top of town – what beauty awaits us!
A purple haze from one end of the valleyto the other.
What a treat to finally see this after reading about it and seeing photos for so many years.
We gather lunch from the market: choosing an Abondance cheese from one vendor, ripe pears from another, a walnut loaf still warm from a woodburning oven, and wave goodbye to pretty little Sault.


The best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we’re interested in the stories that make the places we visit come aliv e.
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, lea
rned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the south of France.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.


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