VALENSOLE – @pels_photo
”Travel makes one modest. You see what a small space you occupy in the world.”
Set on its plateau in a colorful twirl of lavender blue and wheaten gold, Valensole is a pleasant town on the northern edge of the Verdon Regional Nature Park. With 300 days of daylight a year, Valensole is consistent with its name: it originates from the Latin Vallis and solis and implies valley of the sun. The middle age town is constructed like an amphitheater on a slope sitting above a little waterway valley. The roads and rear entryways snake their way up to the eleventh century St Blaise church with its enormous chime tower at the top. The congregation’s façade is in a Provençal Romanesque style and the ensemble is gothic. Inside, you can appreciate excellent stone carvings, the rib vaulted roofs, the sixteenth century slows down and the sections’ capitals decorated with acanthus leaves and phantasmagoric figures.
The noteworthy focal point of Valensole contains delightful old houses in the shades of Provence, pleasantly reestablished and some with corbel curves, ogival entryways, created iron galleries, and pretty screens. There are churches, wellsprings, specifically the beautifying wellspring on the Place Thiers, and a noteworthy washhouse with five bowls dating from 1681. Two recorded nurseries welcome you for a serene interruption: the Clos de Villeneuve marked wonderful nursery and the Château du Grand Jardin. Except if you lean toward unwinding on the patio of one of the benevolent eateries or bistros. Numerous shops offer specialties and conventional items, particularly ones produced using lavender, for example, nectar, basic oils, lavender ice creams, nougats, and there are likewise truffles, another nearby forte.
FIELDS IN HUES OF PURPLE
Truth be told, the Plateau of Valensole is popular for its lavender and truffles. Covering around 800km2, this level is the greatest zone in France dedicated to developing lavender, and the blue, violet and purple-hued fields stretch the extent that the eye can see. The sprouting time frame from mid-June to mid-July is a blast of hues and the intoxicating aroma fills the extraordinarily unadulterated demeanor of the area.
During that period, the Tourist Office of Valensole sorts out guided visits on the subject of lavender. What’s more, consistently, the refineries invite you to visit their lavender ranches and find the means in the refining of lavender, from the get-together of the blossoms to the stills to the bundling.
A MUST VISIT
The best time for admirers of ordinary Provençal scenes to visit in July when the Valensole level is flooded with lovely blue lavender in sprout. It’s a sight – and aroma – to observe! Foodies should go to the town of Valensole, celebrated for its unobtrusive and sensitive tasting lavender nectar, to treat their taste buds! A few lavender-related merriments are composed in the territory: the Fête de la Lavande in Valensole in July, and the Corso de la Lavande and Foire de la Lavande in Digne-Les-Bains in August.
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