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 and Charley Wood 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 top 50 tours in the world in 2012.
Kathy and Charley host Experience weeks in the Luberon, the Chianti region of Tuscany, Puglia, Alsace, the Dordogne, and the Cotswolds. They also offer two longer tours: The European Christmas Experience (12 days) and The Cornwall Experience in southwest England (10 days).
Kathy and Charley have been traveling in Europe for almost 30 years and love sharing their special places in Europe with other travelers. They've hosted 120 Experience groups since they launched in 2006. They have a second home in their beloved village of Bonnieux in the Luberon. Read more about Kathy and Charley here.
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