When I signed up for a wedding photography workshop in Provence, France, I knew I wanted to extend my trip a bit to explore Europe — because I mean, if you’re already over there, you have to explore, right!? I had never been to the region and knew I could find a few cool spots to visit. Starting to do research, I was overwhelmed with ideas and couldn’t decide how to narrow it down! I decided to skip the beaches and save those for a trip in the future. Instead, I started in Gordes, a charming and historic old town in Provence. Day trips included visits to nearby Lacoste and Rousillion as well!
When I arrived in Provence, I had one dream — seeing those infamous lavender fields that region is so well-known for. I knew I was arriving towards the end of the season and that most fields would already be dead or plowed, but I still had to know for sure. With the power of Google, I determined that the town of Sault, which sits higher on a plateau, would be my best bet. So off we went in search of the lavender. Along the road we started seeing those purple rows and stopped at every single one, not knowing if it would be the last. Most were small, but still quite beautiful and plenty fragrant. Then as we neared Sault, we came upon the biggest field yet! The owner had literally just started to machine pick the flowers on one end so if we had arrived days or even hours later, it would’ve likely been cleared as well!
Next up was the mountainous part of the trip. First was Chamonix, a ski village near the border of Italy and Switzerland. We only had a short stay so we didn’t get to explore the town too much, but did get some epic views of the French Alps during our hike to Lac Blanc.
Finally the last stop was Murren. I had previously visited here three years ago and stayed for 5 straight days. Well wouldn’t you know… not ONCE in those five days did the sun come out. And by not come out I mean it was foggy, rainy, and we didn’t see the mountains that we traveled so far for even for a second. I was so disappointed and knew I would have to return. So this was my redemption tour… except I arrived to, yes, you guessed it, fog and rain. But the forecast cleared up quickly this time and I finally got to see those beautiful glaciers — it was so worth the wait! I’ve been so lucky to go on many trips abroad in the past few years and while we are about to start a new phase of life, I’m already hoping our next trip isn’t too far away!