Lavender is the Soul of Provence

La Vudèle
The French writer, Jean Giono, once said “Lavender is the soul of Provence”, and I can nothing but agree. And I feel fortunate living in France and being close the the amazing lavender fields in Provence. In mid-July I took a long-weekend and left for a Provence retreat. Aix-En-Provence is reached within 3,5 hours fr Paris with the TGV, and from there I took the bus up to the village Riez. Jim, one of my hosts, kindly picked me up with his car, as La Vudèle is surrounded by vineyards and lavender fields there are no buses going there. It was with full joy I looked at the lavender fields we passed by with the car. I was releaved, the timing was perfect (unlike last year in June), the lavenders were fully in bloom, all I could see was purple fields!

At home Claudia was waiting with their other guests, doing yoga behind the house. Running a place with a holistic view, with respect for both nature and animals I believe you attract guests that are sharing the same values. So I found it very easy to sympathise with the other guests. Claudia and Jim welcomed us with sparkling champagne from the area on the day of my arrival, and toasted for me as their first returning guest and other good news they wanted to share with us.

Couldn’t have asked for a perfect beginning of my stay. During the few days I was there I had a lovely time, totally high on the lavender scent filling the air each time one of the harvesting trucks were driving by. Claudia spoiled us with her gastronomical vegetarian dishes and Jim with his funny stories. No wonder why I returned and hope to return next summer again :-)

Below you’ll see some photos I took during my stay, enjoy! And you can find my posts from last year here, here and here.

La Vudèle – Quinson, Provence

ProvenceLa Vudèle, an old farm now turned into an Organic Bed & Breakfast :-)ProvenceThe lavender fields… ProvenceThe dinner we had outside, overlooking the fields ProvenceWelcoming with sparkling champagneProvenceChampagne from the areaProvenceCheers! ProvenceAn awarded rosé from PierreVert, also from the areaProvenceFresh and very tasty cucumber soup by Jim. Made with cucumbers, an apple, some Sojacuisine, freshly ground pepper, some salt, a dash of sugar and a hint of Sambal Olek ProvenceQuinoa precooked, and then blended with Sojacuisine, nutritional yeast, sea sea and freshly ground black pepper and veggies plus garlic and onions. ProvenceChocolate mousse with essential lavender oil topped with coconut flakesProvenceCold lentil salad with homemade red wine vinegar, onions and our own olive oil and some Za’atar, a beautiful spice mix from the Eastern Mediterranean area with edible mauve flowersood ProvenceBeignet de tofu, marinated in toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and rice oil, with couscous and seasonal vegetables ProvenceEvery evening I left the dinner table for a while just to capture while the sun was setting… ProvenceSunset ProvenceSunset seen from behind of the houseProvenceSunset behind the vineyard..ProvenceDelicious lavender custardProvenceClaudia and Jim surprised me once again, after our tour at the market in Riez we left to their other house where they have an outdoor pool..with a VIEW..where we had lunch and I got to enjoy the pool while they were preparing the house for their next guests. ProvenceSaving bee’s and wasps from drowning in the pool…and they never wanted to fly off from me ;-) ProvenceThe starter, melon salad with grilled melon de Cavaillon with ruccola from the garden in a light lemon vinaigrette.ProvenceOrganic spaghetti with a raw courgette-sage pesto with freshly cracked walnuts and nutritional yeastProvencevery delicious!ProvencePain perdu, one of the many delightful and organic breakfasts I had at La VudèleProvencethe vineyard just behind the houseProvenceorganic herbs growing in the garden Provencetomatoes growing ProvenceClaudia and Jim’s organic garden Provenceorganic growing ProvenceThe purple lavender fields ProvenceCouldn’t get enough of this magical sunrise on the day of my departure… ProvenceSunrise…beautiful as a painting… ProvenceFluffy MiaProvence
and Mimi, both abandonded cats who now have found a home full of love and joy at La Vudèle

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...

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