Lavender Fields of France

Purple, the color of royalty. In the ancient world, the only way to obtain purple coloring was via shellfish or snails depending on whether you were Phoenician or Roman. This rare coloring was thus reserved for the highest ranking of folks back in the day.

This color is also associated with lavender. When this is mentioned, does it not bring visions of an endless horizon of purple color swaying in the wind?

Ah yes, indeed it does for us because this was exactly what we witnessed on our road trip through Provence. The aromatic winds swept through the car because we had winded the windows down. Oh man, these words alone cannot describe the feeling of bliss we both felt when we parked in front of those never-ending fields…

In this essay, we want to show you where and how you can ‘hunt’ down the best locations to spot that picture for an instagram post.

And did you know that there are many species of this purple shrub? Lavandin the cousin can thrive at lower altitudes and is also larger. It is also said to have pointier flower spikes compared to Lavender. Can you spot the difference in the pictures of the essay?

And let this trivia be a test for you:

  • Which species was cultivated for the English perfumery industry?
  • From which does the oil treat burns?
  • Which is anti-bacterial?
  • The oil of which species can act as a mild stimulant?

Try not to google for your answers. How well did you do?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

32 thoughts on “Lavender Fields of France”

  1. Lovely, interesting post! WE have lots of lavende in our garden.
    What a smashingphoto. I can smell the fragrance all the way to Norway! 🙂
    Have a wonderful summer!
    Best regards from the North,
    Dina & co

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  2. Just reading your article I can smell the lavender fields again! Being from France we have still not been there, hoping to make it this year. We have biked through the lavender fields of Hokkaido Japan though, where many Japanese tourists go because it is similar to France 🙂 Are you still in France?

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  3. Wow, Suan, that is some hefty lavender! I always thought ours was healthy. It is puny in comparison. But here are three other good things about lavender: it is both drought and fire resistant, and the deer that hang out on our property don’t like to eat it! –Curt

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    1. Very happy this helped you. Its not a guide though! LOL.
      But truly the fields are indeed a place to walk amongst and enjoy. Best over at least 3-4 days. Don’t shortchange yourself!

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  4. It’s interesting how the color was once hard to obtain. Only the Emperor was allowed to wear a purple robe in Contantinople as well, it was forbidden by law for others. And I can only imagine the aromatic scent at those fields! Envious. 😉

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