When To Go To Provence, The South of France
Sault, lavender country
Hilltop villages look out on lavender fields that turn purple in late June
When To Go To Provence, The South of France
Cherries,  apricots, and melons ripen in June. The end of June sees the lavender ripening and the fields turning purple.  
Sunflowers are in full bloom end of June.  
High on the vacation list could be a vacation rental, vacation Gite, or a villa with a full kitchen, a food chopper, grinder, or a processor so that when visiting Provence on a culinary vacation you can do some healthy French cooking.
Rentals are more available in May, June, September October: either side of the July August high season.
Provence Villages near
Apt and Saignon,
east of Gordes, grow
olives and lavender
while the intense olive
oil production is to the
south around
Les Baux de Provence
and Mouries.
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.
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
selection, price, and ease of booking on the web.. Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.      see  renting a vehicle in Provence
Rotary
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in rotary
No Passing zone ends
No Passing for commercial vehicles
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Provence  tomato and eggplant come ripe to the markets in June.
Provence dessert recipes in June can include fresh cherries, apricots, and Provence goat cheese topped off with a bottle of Cotes du Rhone.
The olive harvest is in September, a time for harvest festivals.
Rent a house,
Vacation rental or
Villa in Provence.  
Study cooking
Provencal,
Rental vehicles
available in Avignon's
TGV train station
Travel the TGV high
speed train from Paris
The roads out of Gordes  lead to  a Marque De Sade lays in ruins still dominating a hill above the village of Lacoste.  

Higher in the mountains, Sault’s fields have a mid July or early August harvest when farmers cut and haul the lavender to the mills for distilling and removal of the aromatic and healing oils.     
Lavender Production is surprisingly complex and involves another process revered by gastronomes, distilling.  

From Sault the road leads west over the Vaucluse plateau, through the foothills of Mount Ventoux, and above the canyons and gorges reaching the highway beside the Rhone and the road back to Avignon.
July and August are high season in Provence the towns could be crowded and the accommodations scarce.
Lacoste
Abbey of Senanque
During the month of June the lavender grows and Fields of ripening lavender circle the hilltop villages like Sault where lavender stills once were plentiful.  There is a lavender museum near Gordes where the Abbey of Senanque, a grey stone 11Th Century convent  makes an alluring backdrop for the fields of lavender.
The Medieval city of Avignon is two and a half hours away from Paris by the high speed TGV train.
Renting a car at the train station is easy enough if you book ahead on the web through
Autoeurope.  Wheels will give you freedom to visit the heart of lavender country in the hills of Provence.
Gordes is billed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
In June  fruit stand along the way provided fresh cherries, apricots, and peaches at their peak of ripeness.
Gordes, a village of the Middle Ages clustered on a hill east of Avignon will make an imposing sight as you wind your way up the narrow road to the central plaza.  The Medieval castle crowning the village is now a museum and houses an information center where the helpful staff will tell you about activities and sights in the area.  

A signature photo stop during mid to end of June will be the 11th Century  Abbey at Senanque, near Gordes.    The grey stone walls form a backdrop for row upon row of blue lavender
A rental car will give you great freedom to explore  Senanque and  the back roads to the village of
Roussillon an area where mines produce ochre used in artists paints
The
Terrace Restaurant in the village center serves an exceptional grilled salmon mushroom with an endive and leek side, all delicately spiced to perfection.  
Menerbes, La coste, and Roussillon are hilltop villages with great views of lavender country
La Manade in Apt a mom and pop with a limited menu should not be missed
Village of Saignon occupies a hilltop overlooking the city of Apt once a center for lavender processing
Saignon
Provence, near Gordes a lavender museum displays antique distilling equipments
Good Provence cuisine, “la cuisine du soleil,” cuisine of the sun based on tomatoes, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and the in-season fruits and vegetables along with seafood from the nearby coasts is found in the restaurants located in the villages of lavender country.          

In
Avignon La Forchette is a favorite of the locals, best to make reservations a day ahead or get there as they open at 5 PM  Escargot notable
Near Gordes east of Avignon there are many hilltop towns that are great for walking in May or June
City of Apt, east of Avignon
Best Months For Provence:  May, June,  Festivals in May and June
Village Markets:
Olive Festivals in September October:

Hiking could be prohibited on trails in July and August due to fire hazard particularly in the South of Provence. St Remy, Les Baux, Marseilles
High season is in July and August. Roads and towns will be crowded during the European vacation season. Accommodations will be scarce and expensive.

Winter months: see
Mistral Winds
Last week in June for lavender at the Abbey near Gordes
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