Léa Camilleri goes on an adventure in Provence!

Provence is an art of living. A region of colors, scents but also a land of adventure and unusual activities! Follow me in the Vaucluse and in the Alpes of Haute-Provence...

Provencal Villages

Of course I want to take you with me to the lavender fields... But first, let's go to the small Provencal villages, so beautiful with their steep streets and their beige and ochre walls that reflect the last rays of the day like nowhere else.

Séguret is the perfect example. This small village of 844 inhabitants, nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail massif, in the heart of the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, is dominated by the tower of its ancient medieval castle!

The Dentelles de Montmirail

Now let's go to the famous Dentelles de Montmirail and discover the vineyards on horseback! The Rhonea winegrowers propose this atypical ride. Accompanied by a guide, escape into the Dentelles of Montmirail area on the back of your new maned companion, to appreciate the calm and the typicity of this unique millennial land. We extend this discovery to the Cave de Beaumes de Venise or Vacqueyras with a tasting of four of their best wines.

Rhonea - Pioneers by Tradition, Cooperators by Nature (External link)

Lavender fields of Valréas

Located in Beaumes-de-Venise, still in the Vaucluse, in the heart of the Domaine du Rocher des Dames, the Mas l'Evajade (External link) , run by Corinne and Jean-Luc, offers unusual accommodation: a huge wooden barrel set in the middle of the vineyards with all the comforts of home and surrounded by a magical setting. Calmness and change of scenery are guaranteed.

Once rested, you can go and marvel at the lavender fields of Valréas. But beware, what could be better than visiting the mythical fields of Provence with a horse worthy of the name? Take off at the wheel of a 2CV convertible to discover the most beautiful landscapes of Provence! Their names are Jeannette, Solange, Margaux, Irène or Pistache: they are the "Deudeuch" of 2Cv en Provence (External link) which offers an impressive fleet of these vintage cars. A unique experience that will leave you with beautiful memories!

The Provencal Gastronomy

Provence is also a gastronomy and an art of the table which one cannot miss. If you look a little further, you will discover two funny ladies who offer an extraordinary culinary experience! Perched on the side of the mountain, hides the small village of Brantes, a unique place in the middle of nature where time seems to have stopped. This is where Odile and Brigitte, the adventurers of taste, live! We leave together in the streets of the suspended village, to gather plants and wild flowers that we will then cook. On paper, eating flowers may seem strange. Except for Ouragan, my horse. He is used to it.

Brigitte and Odile, they are the living encyclopedia of botany. The Dora Explorer of flowers. The Indiana Jones of rosemary. The Adibou of nettles... ok I stop. Once we have finished picking, we go behind the stove. Not only it is good but it is too beautiful! It is a great moment of sharing, of generations which mix laughter and conviviality. And it feels good!
Les Aventurières du Goût - Cooking classes and workshops in Brantes (Vaucluse) (External link)

Hiking in the Alpes de Haute Provence

Now, let's go for a little hike in good company. In the magnificent landscapes of Saint-Martin-de-Brômes, in the Alpes de Haute Provence in the heart of the Verdon regional natural park. Spend an unusual day with family, friends or lovers... with donkeys! I went for a walk with Crocus, a 7 years old donkey.

Well, to tell you the truth, it's rather Crocus who walks me than the other way around. Donkeys are stubborn animals, of course, but above all they are intelligent and terribly prankish. But Magali and Lucien's donkeys have a special power, that of helping to communicate with people with disabilities or autism, thanks to their great sensitivity and their gentleness. They have already made miracles. Lucien talks about it with tears in his eyes and I couldn't help but tell you about this wonderful couple and their work.
http://safranerie.fr (External link)

Kayaking in the Gorges de Baudinard

Provence is also adventure! So let's jump in a kayak to discover the Baudinard gorges. You can visit this spectacular site by renting a canoe at Aquattitude (External link) . The narrowness of the gorges is impressive and the show becomes magical when you arrive on the lake of Sainte-Croix, with the walls covered with moss and ferns. Turquoise water, suspended caves and troglodyte houses, enough to take in the sights.

The Plateau of Valensole

Before finishing this adventure in Provence, there is one last step I was saving for the end: the plateau of Valensole. Known throughout the world, these lavender fields are breathtaking.

If you are a fan of typical Provence landscapes, don't miss the Valensole plateau in July, when the lavender, then in bloom, lights up in a beautiful blue. An enchantment for the eyes and sense of smell.

But the plateau of Valensole is also a fragile ecosystem and a biodiversity to protect. So let's not trample on anything. We don't tear up anything and we let the little bees forage quietly! For the most reckless among you, don't hesitate to rent an electric bike for a ride around the fields.

Thus ends our trip in Provence. I hope it will give you the desire to discover this region that I particularly like. After months of isolation, this was my first trip and I am happy to have been able to live and share it with you. To enjoy every moment, to appreciate every meeting, every place, to come back to simpler things. Because at the end of the day, that's what it's all about: going back to the basics. Because there is no need to go to the other side of the world to feel out of place. Just visit France.

Getting to Provence