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Why did I choose France?

I grew up in Kansas.

Kansas is affectionately known as “flyover country”. Translation: “There’s nothing there”. While this may not be entirely accurate, I can tell you that Kansas lacks in anything more than a couple of hundred years old.

Food. Can you name a food that Kansas is known for? Me neither. Except for barbeque - which is the best anywhere in the world, in my non-biased opinion. But that’s about it. Nothing else there compares to what you can find in France.

Medieval towns. Check. Roman ruins. Check. Baguettes. Check. Cheese. Check. Wine. Check.

Plus with high-speed trains and cheap flights it’s all so easy to see.

After 4 years of living in France, I don't care that I’m not in Kansas anymore.

In Search of Lavender

In Search of Lavender

Lavender season in France is short. After being too late one year and too early the next, in 2017 I decided to plan a Summer trip specifically to see lavender in bloom.

August 2015 - In search of lavender, but it had already been harvested.

August 2015 - In search of lavender, but it had already been harvested.

June 2016 - At Chateau La Calisse, too early

June 2016 - At Chateau La Calisse, too early

Based on my research, early July was going to be my best option for seeing the elusive (to me, so far) lavender in full bloom. Having been to the area around the Valensole 2 years in a row, I decided to visit the fields near Sault instead.

It looked like this was going to be a solo trip and finding budget-friendly accommodations in high-season isn’t easy. So I decided to stay a little bit out of the way, but in one of my favorite little towns, Uzes.

Place aux Herbes, Uzes

Place aux Herbes, Uzes

Uzes, isn’t even in Provence, so why in heck would I decide to stay there? Because it’s just “over the border” in the Languedoc, and is only about 40 minutes from the Avignon TGV station. Plus, it’s a delightful little town and I hadn’t been there for 20 years.

The price of my Airbnb was less-than $100/night. This was quite a bargain compared to the places I had considered that were closer to the lavender. And I’d only be taking one day to see the lavender, so the extra drive was worth the savings on accommodations.

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Day Trip from Paris: Walking in Van Gogh's Footsteps

Day Trip from Paris: Walking in Van Gogh's Footsteps

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Apartment Hunting in Nimes

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Apartment Hunting in Nimes