And we did it in typical "Lost" style--we climbed in the car, drove out to where the lavender is grown and literally took side roads to see what we could discover. True to our philosophy, that you find the most interesting things when you are lost, we ran across a farmer who shared his knowledge of the various types of lavender, how and when they are harvested, and what the land was used for before lavender. We also discovered a distillery that uses age-old historic methods for extracting the lavender's essential oils--only one of two such distilleries in the region.
And for the pièce de résistance, we traveled to the village of Sault for a wonderful celebration of flower, land and culture at the annual Fête de la Lavande.
We think you will find it all fascinating, and recommend you spray a little lavender oil in the room before watching the next episode of Lost in Provence: "Lavender Harvest."
Bill & Ken