Provence



When we saw the picture of monastery in the middle of lavender fields, we decided to find it and visit it.  It was quite a mission to get there as the roads were very narrow and dangerous.  The Senanque Abbey gets crowded by tourists and parking spots are very rare.  The monks who live at Sénanque grow lavender and tend honey bees for their livelihood.  Various products from lavender can be found in their small shop inside the Abbey.

Not far away from Senanque Abbey are lavender fields near Roussilon.  The smell of lavender flowers is amazing and for us will always be associated with this area.  You can see many tourists stopping their cars beside the road and taking pictures of the fields with the beautiful purple colour.   Colours are slightly different just before sunset, they turn to golden purple as on the left picture below.

Carcassonne

Another area we absolutely loved was fortified french town Carcassonne.  Behind the walls are fairytale drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets and it’s a must-see on any trip through this part of southern France. Its medieval core, the cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

There are many restaurants in the cité and choice of food is very good.  We had to try local dish called cassoulet.  It was very rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat (typically pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton), pork skin and white beans.  Fresh baguette goes very nicely with the meal.  After the filling dinner, we wandered around till we felt like having desert.  And what better than having a fresh crepe suzette or two (or three for that matter:-)  It gets dark quite late in the summer so we even managed to take few pictures of the sunset above Carcassonne.

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