In June the Fields surrounding the Abbey of Senanque  turn deep purple as rows of spiky green start to flower.  By the third week in June, the valleys have turned to lush rows of lavender flowers.   With lavender in the foreground, the Abbey de Senanque becomes a backdrop  for the iconic lavender photo,  
Senanque Abbey Lavender Provence Near Gordes France, Cistercian Monks Welcome Visitors
The rows of purple flowers in front of the Abbey of Senanque are an agricultural crop once as important to the Provence farmer as the olive or the grape, the cherry or the apricot.  The rows of purple flowers are lavender, a cash crop that eventually turns from its showy field display into a dozen household products.
The monks at the Abbey of Senanque offer hand made items in the abbey gift shop.  
They tend gardens for their food and grow Lavender as a cash crop.  

Lavender today is not the big business it once was.  Synthetics have pushed it aside. The trade continues regardless, partly out of tradition and a demand for excellence and authenticity, and partly because the synthetics just haven't totally measured up to the subtlety and efficacy of true lavender or Fine lavender as the medicinal plant is called.  
During a visit to the Abbey of Senanque. a short trip on the Gordes road will bring you to the village of Coustellet on the road from Avignon to Apt, (D-901 to D-900)near Bonnieux and Gordes.  There a unique museum tells the lavender story:  the
Musee De La Lavande: The Lincele' Family's Lavender Museum.  
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Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations..
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Senanque Abbey nis east if Avignon, near the village of Gordes in  Provence.  The abbey is also called the Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanque.  
Cistercian Monks still live in the abbey where they grow lavender  and tend honey bees in surrounding fields.  
Visitors can tour the interior of the Abbey of Senanque and they can lodge in the Senanque Abbey for a week of
religious retreat.
The Abbey of Senanque was constructed by the Cistercian monks in the Romanesque style during the middle of the
12th century.  
Abbey de Senanque Lavender fields in  Provence the south of France
Senanque Abbey is east of the village of Gordes in the Vaucluse of Provence.  The monks welcome visitors for tours of the interior and for a religious retreat
Lavender fields in the area of the Abbey of Senanque, the valley bleow the village of Lacoste
The Abbey invites guest to stay as overnight guests for up to eight days. (exept Jan Feb) The visitor would take meals in silence with the monks and participate in daily Christian services.  

Guided Tours of the Romanesque interior of the abbey buildings are available daily.   Information at the gift shop
Tel   04-90-72-05-72         Abbey de Senanque    website    Email
Lodging and vacation rentals are available in the surrounding village such as Gordes, Cavallion, Lacoste, Rousillon and Goult
To reach The Abbay de Senanque;
Go east from Avignon on the D900 to the D2
Take a left and head towards the village  of Gordes.  Watch for the turnout on your left for the road above the valley were you will find the Abbey de Senanque.
Senanque Abbey in Provence lavender country, east of the village of Gordes, is run by Cistercian Monks.  The monks still live in the abbey where they grow lavender and tend honey bees in surrounding fields. Visitors can lodge in the abbey for a religious retreat.
The Abbey de Senanque is surrounded by Lavender fields
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