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Provençal violet (France)

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Castellane. 16th century bridge on Verdun river

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Castellane. 16th century bridge on Verdun river

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The town of Castellane

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The town of Castellane

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The main square of Castellane

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The main square of Castellane

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Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane

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Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane

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Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane

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Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane

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Castellane town

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Castellane town

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Digne Town on the Route Napoléon

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Digne Town on the Route Napoléon

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Digne. Lavender Museum

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Digne. Lavender Museum

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Digne. Interior of Saint Jérome cathedral

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Digne. Interior of Saint Jérome cathedral

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The village of Valensole

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The village of Valensole

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The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole

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The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole

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The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole

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The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole

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The colored windows of Valensole

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The colored windows of Valensole

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Alps overlook the lavender fields

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Alps overlook the lavender fields

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Lavender fields between Digne and Valensole

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Lavender fields between Digne and Valensole

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Lavender fields in Valensole

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Lavender fields in Valensole

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The color and the scent of Provence enclosed in lavender flowers

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The color and the scent of Provence enclosed in lavender flowers

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors

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Lavender fields, the favorite destination for photographers who come to Provernce from all over the world

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Lavender fields, the favorite destination for photographers who come to Provernce from all over the world

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Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes

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Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes

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Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes

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Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence

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A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant

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A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant

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A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant

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A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant

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Occitane, one of the most famous perfumery companies and cosmetics products in France

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Occitane, one of the most famous perfumery companies and cosmetics products in France

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Lavandin, a more industrial variant with the finest lavender

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Lavandin, a more industrial variant with the finest lavender

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Lavender, the most refined, perfumed and precious quality from which the best essences are extracted

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Lavender, the most refined, perfumed and precious quality from which the best essences are extracted

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle. Exhibition hall open to internationally renowned artists

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Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle. Exhibition hall open to internationally renowned artists

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender

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Simiane la Rotonde. On the terrace to taste typical dishes of the Provence cuisine

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Simiane la Rotonde. On the terrace to taste typical dishes of the Provence cuisine

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The itinerary of this journey

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The itinerary of this journey

Castellane. 16th century bridge on Verdun river
Castellane. 16th century bridge on Verdun river
The town of Castellane
The town of Castellane
The main square of Castellane
The main square of Castellane
Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane
Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane
Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane
Chapelle de Notre Dame du Roc built on 184 m high rock on the village of Castellane
Castellane town
Castellane town
Digne Town on the Route Napoléon
Digne Town on the Route Napoléon
Digne. Lavender Museum
Digne. Lavender Museum
Digne. Interior of Saint Jérome cathedral
Digne. Interior of Saint Jérome cathedral
The village of Valensole
The village of Valensole
The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole
The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole
The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole
The square of the fountain and the wash-house of Valensole
The colored windows of Valensole
The colored windows of Valensole
Alps overlook the lavender fields
Alps overlook the lavender fields
Lavender fields between Digne and Valensole
Lavender fields between Digne and Valensole
Lavender fields in Valensole
Lavender fields in Valensole
The color and the scent of Provence enclosed in lavender flowers
The color and the scent of Provence enclosed in lavender flowers
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields alternate with wheat fields in a spectacular succession of colors
Lavender fields, the favorite destination for photographers who come to Provernce from all over the world
Lavender fields, the favorite destination for photographers who come to Provernce from all over the world
Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes
Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes
Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes
Not only the lavender fields offer suggestive landscapes
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
Every kilometer of road offers opportunities to stop to capture images and scents of Provence
A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant
A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant
A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant
A lavender distillery to extract the essences from the plant
Occitane, one of the most famous perfumery companies and cosmetics products in France
Occitane, one of the most famous perfumery companies and cosmetics products in France
Lavandin, a more industrial variant with the finest lavender
Lavandin, a more industrial variant with the finest lavender
Lavender, the most refined, perfumed and precious quality from which the best essences are extracted
Lavender, the most refined, perfumed and precious quality from which the best essences are extracted
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle, home of a famous lavender-based cosmetics production company
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle. Exhibition hall open to internationally renowned artists
Simiane la Rotonde. Des Agoult Castle. Exhibition hall open to internationally renowned artists
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. The room dedicated to essences and perfumes based on lavender
Simiane la Rotonde. On the terrace to taste typical dishes of the Provence cuisine
Simiane la Rotonde. On the terrace to taste typical dishes of the Provence cuisine
The itinerary of this journey
The itinerary of this journey

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By: Carlo Piccinelli ID: 125

The lavander fieldf on Google Maps.
The journey in search of lavender begins in the mountains of Verdun, famous place for the lakes and canyons created by the river that meander through Maritime Alps, to end up in the hills of Simiane la Rotonde and plains of Valensole and Manosque. The journey in search of the perfumes and colors of Provence develops between 500 m and 1,500 m of altitude, the strip of lavender growth. Known and used since Roman times it has become important since, from the 14th century until the beginning of the 20th century, the European ruling houses and the lord of the Belle Époque raised the demand for essences and perfumes. At that time, the cultivations of aromatic plants made it so that many countries scattered between the plains and valleys of Provence, became famous all over the world. The main areas of use of lavender in various forms such as oil, distillates, powders and leaves, are cosmetics, medicine and herbal medicine. The period of flowering and harvesting depends on the type of plant, whether lavender or lavandin, from the weather conditions in spring, from the altitude and the latitude of the crops. In general, the higher the altitude, more the plant blooms and it is collected later. The best time to visit the region is during the months of May and June (flowering months) while at the end of June and July the cut and harvest begins. A journey of colors and perfumes but also tastes and aromas between wines and typical products of the region.
Links for more informations:
www.castellane-verdontourisme.com
www.valensole.fr
www.ville-manosque.fr
www.simiane-la-rotonde.fr
Atout France: www.france.fr