You know that moment in-between dreaming & awake? That’s exactly how I felt…
Nick and I had decided since it was the last leg of our trip, if we could just find ONE Lavender field, it would be the cherry on top of a fantastic trip. We were coming off of a week in Croatia road-tripping the Dalmatian coast, and a week of events in Paris before that, so needless to say we were tired as hell. I booked us one night in the beautiful (highly recommendable) Le Pigonnet in Aix-En Provence, to capture some imagery of the grounds early in the morning before hitting the road. Once we found ourselves behind the wheel we had a good idea of the direction we needed to head thanks to the internet but it was all so coy. Most blogs and websites point you in the direction of famous fields that bloom later in the summer, but unfortunately for us it was July 1st. Thankfully we decided to make a pitstop at the famous Lavender Museum (Musée de la Lavande) to which they spoke excellent English & informed us that we were headed to the wrong ‘non-blooming fields’ *cue my internal scream* The current blooming ones were actually more east, in a town called Valensole. With just 3 hours of sunlight to spare, Nick and I hopped in our rental, zoomed down the highway and sure enough…found them. And there wasn’t just ONE, there had to be dozens. We were elated, along with all the other tourists there too I’m sure. Did I mention there was a sunflower field NEXT to the lavender field? Is real life allowed to do that? toy with our emotions like this??? Long story short we got our shot list & THEN SOME. I have a part 2 to this coming soon! Please see below for my recommendations on everything.
Wearing: Uniqlo slim fit dress shirt, Club Monaco belt & trousers, Mont Blanc watch & RayBan sunnies
WHERE WE STAYED
Le Pigonnet in Aix-En Provence about 45 miles away from Valensole.
WHERE WE ATE
Le Garde Manger – coffee, bites, healthy bowls
Le Pigonnet brunch
WHICH FIELDS, AT WHICH TIMES?
Visiting late June to late July? Go to Valensole Fields
Visiting Late July to mid august? use this map to get to Sault & nearby cities (apparently you’ll see many sunflower fields at this time too)
In my opinion, the best time to visit is JULY as it’s right before the Euro holiday called AUGUST
-if you are allergic to bees, this is a bad idea as there were thousands if not millions in the fields. I have never been stung so naturally I was very afraid but after 10 minutes I got use to them buzzing around me as we were shooting photos. Remember, they’re very happy in this habitat unless you disturb them.
– The fields ARE open to the public but please remember that these are family farms and their source of income so do your best to respect the nature, and flowers. Do not pick a handful to make a flower crown like several girls I saw did, this isn’t Coachella.
– Pack a jacket! it is summer but for us it got chilly by sunset.
– BRING YOUR BEST CAMERA LENSES. We were confident that a wide angle would be best but boy were we wrong. Our favorite turned out to be the 85mm 1.4 which gave us that dreamy depth of field. <–KEEP IN MIND PHOTOGRAPHERS.
I’m so happy I got to tick this off my bucket list once and for all. Also a big honorary shout out to my friend Nicole Warne of GARY PEPPER GIRL who posted about these fields 3 years ago with Lancôme which sparked this whole lavender lusting inside of me. Keep setting those trends, girl.
Thanks for reading possibly one of my favorite posts to date. More to come s
Photos: Nick Pierce
Art direction, Editing & Model: Adam Gallagher