I’m excited to take a break from skincare this week to talk about travel, which is such a passion of mine. I believe that traveling to new countries and experiencing new cultures firsthand is one of the most profound ways to learn and grow as an individual. You may remember me talking about our experience living in Germany years ago. It was not only so rewarding in terms of acclimating to a new country, language, and culture, but it also gave us the incredible opportunity of traveling to other countries all over Europe. One of my very favorite trips was to Provence where the perfect combination of sunshine, lavender aromas, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine swept me off my feet. It was truly unforgettable.
It seems like the perfect time to talk about the paradisiacal region of Provence, since June is truly the best time to go (in my opinion at least!). It’s the time of year when the lavender fields are in full bloom, and not only is it one of the most gorgeous sights to behold, but it is also the most heavenly scent! When driving from town to town, open your windows, let the breeze blow through your hair, and breathe deep. I’ve smelled my fair share of lavender bouquets, but nothing can compare to the lavender fields of Provence. And they’re just everywhere! The colors are incredible, especially the contrast when they’re planted next to a field of bright yellow sunflowers.
June is also a great time of year when it comes to the weather in Provence. By June, the rainy season has ended. It’s sunny and warm—but not uncomfortably hot like it can be in July and August. This means you won’t be too overheated to enjoy the beach or walking around exploring the charming towns.
Don’t forget that air conditioning can be hard to find, especially if you’re renting an apartment or house, as these are more likely to be equipped by a local who is used to living sans air conditioning. Some hotels may have air conditioning as they cater more to tourists who simply wouldn’t dream of facing 90-degree weather without it. You can get away without air conditioning usually in June, but if you go later in the summer, you may want to make sure your hotel or rental has it. During the high summer months, it does not cool down at night, and no amount of window-opening is going to make a difference in the temperature. Plus, you’ll probably be attacked by mosquitos. The way the locals deal with extreme heat is actually by leaving the windows and shades shut from the time the heat begins to peak during the day (around lunch time), and they open them again in the early morning. That way, their homes are not heated by the sun and they keep the cool morning air in for as long as possible. (Yes, they really prefer living in darkness to the heat, and once you’ve experienced the heat, you totally get why!)
Provence is also not quite as packed in June as it is in August. School can let out as late as the July 7th, so most families do not go on vacation in June. August is by far the biggest month for the French to take their summer vacations. In fact, some of them take the entire month off (the French have 5-7 weeks of paid vacation on average)! The entire country just kind of gears down to accommodate, which is actually quite relaxing as a tourist. This is one of the reasons I love to visit Paris in August. The streets are not nearly as packed, and everyone seems completely détendu (relaxed).
When you’re planning a trip to the Cote d’Azur, you probably have a basic idea already of what treasures await you—eating all the food, lounging on beautiful beaches, soaking up some local French culture. But to add to your list, here are some of my recommendations on what to do in Provence!
What to Do in Provence in June
Are you planning a trip to Provence? What’s on your travel agenda?
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