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Title: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 27, 2019, 17:30:44
Gunver and I have been to Provence before, but always in August, where the lavender fields have been harvested, so we decided to go in June this year.
Well besides the normal high temperature in June, we got a hot spell, so we see temperatures around 40 degrees (Celsius)!
But we have now seen the lavender in its full purple spell, lovely, so we may post a few here ;)
I will start with one, then Gunver will post here as well.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on June 27, 2019, 18:21:00
At last I saw the lavenders in bloom, nice.
I wanted to get close.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Fons Baerken on June 27, 2019, 18:56:10
Hot lavender, again high temperatures across Europe, do i long for old fashioned summers.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 28, 2019, 16:51:13
Today it was very hot, so not many pictures.
They measured 44.3 degrees in Carpentras only 98km from our stay! It is a record hight in France.
The only places to be in is the car or the hotel room 8)
Some pictures from yesterday and today.
#1 Going home last evening
#2 A place we have stayed at in the past, more the 12 years ago, now in a bad state, no more B&B, the dog was a son of the one there was there when we visited the place.
#3 Near the Gorge du Verdon, after the dam
#4 We saw clouds! The temperature was close to 40 degrees according to our car, 50 when parked!
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Jacques Pochoy on June 28, 2019, 17:07:56
Wonderful pictures of those lavender fields and part of Carpentras...! Your plight isn't over as temperature went up to 45° in the Gard (official under shadow), I wouldn't want to be stuck in a car with such temperatures! It should hold up to Sunday :-\
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on June 28, 2019, 17:17:28
It was sad to see Aubanel in this state, we have good memories of our vacations there.
It is not all lavenders, today we have sunflowers ;)
A typical Provence stonehouse in the middle of nowhere

We used the cars aircondition to keep cold.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: John Geerts on June 28, 2019, 19:41:02
Beautiful those lavender fields.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: golunvolo on June 29, 2019, 00:30:09
Beautiful.

  Thanks for sharing it!
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Akira on June 29, 2019, 02:50:42
Both the lavender and the sunflower fields are fantastic!  Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Hugh_3170 on June 29, 2019, 06:46:20
Thank you both for sharing the images from your 2019 Provence trip.  I still remember my high school French teacher spending a lot of time talking about this area of France.  I can now see why he was so taken with it.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 29, 2019, 18:48:00
Thank you all for the nice words.
We will post some more, but the high temperatures do strain us Vikings a bit ;)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on June 29, 2019, 21:20:46
Today, we vent over Mont Ventoux, to get to our stay in Nyons for the next week.
So some picture from the summit.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 29, 2019, 21:27:35
On our way to Nyons, we had some lavender fields, so you will not miss it ;)
And of course also my take on Mont Ventoux.
After arrival in Nyons, we did nothing so only the local will life was explored with my 105mm f4 macro on there Df.
If some know the name of the bug in #4, I would be glad to know.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Jacques Pochoy on June 29, 2019, 22:52:09
If some know the name of the bug in #4, I would be glad to know.

We call those "Punaise des bois" (wood thumbtack), they usually emit a bad smell when crushed  :o
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: John Geerts on June 30, 2019, 16:20:23
Great views on Mont Ventoux!

The bug is  The European Fire bug

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhocoris_apterus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhocoris_apterus)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 30, 2019, 17:04:55
Thank you for information about the bug.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 30, 2019, 17:05:59
Thank you for information about the bug.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Jacques Pochoy on June 30, 2019, 17:17:45
Thank you for information about the bug.
It's also called "Gendarme" (yes, like the military Police we have in the countryside), but the real scientific name is "Pyrrhocoris apterus" ! (It can bite) :o
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: CS on June 30, 2019, 19:23:36
Gunver and I have been to Provence before, but always in August, where the lavender fields have been harvested, so we decided to go in June this year.
Well besides the normal high temperature in June, we got a hot spell, so we see temperatures around 40 degrees (Celsius)!
But we have now seen the lavender in its full purple spell, lovely, so we may post a few here ;)
I will start with one, then Gunver will post here as well.

I like your shot of the lavender and Gunver's too!
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bruno Schroder on June 30, 2019, 19:36:47
Nice one Gunver and Bent. I like how the lavender lines move in #1 and the feel of the house.

You have a good travel agenda, Scotland, Provence … nice schedule :)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 01, 2019, 19:36:22
Thank you Carl and Bruno, yes but the schedule did not include the heat wave ;)
Yesterday I did my best as a bird photographer, improvements are needed, but I did see the vultures.
The evening sky was spectacular but we did not get any rain.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on July 01, 2019, 19:59:35
Thanks for the nice comments.
Today we vent to Gordes, as the city should be very nice, and placed on a mountain side.
The heat did not make it comfortable to be outside for long, so not many pictures today.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 01, 2019, 20:13:51
Today the our trip was to Gordes.
I did a pano of the city to show its placement.
It was not only me and Gunver suffering in the heat, a young guy filled his hat with water, to cool him down.
Inside Gordes the building is very close to each other.
The cat was guarding the turist office ;)
All pictures taken with my Df and 28mm f2.8 AiS

Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: atpaula on July 01, 2019, 21:05:09
Thank you for posting these.
I need to visit this place.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: pluton on July 01, 2019, 22:52:37
A great set of photos showing the descriptive utility of the 28mm lens.  Cat shot is classic.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: mxbianco on July 02, 2019, 08:00:07
Thank you Carl and Bruno, yes but the schedule did not include the heat wave ;)
Yesterday I did my best as a bird photographer, improvements are needed, but I did see the vultures.
The evening sky was spectacular but we did not get any rain.

The cliffs surrounding the Rémuzat village are a short drive from Nyons, and probably the best area in Provence for observing vultures. Is that the place you visited for vultures?

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 02, 2019, 08:25:13
The cliffs surrounding the Rémuzat village are a short drive from Nyons, and probably the best area in Provence for observing vultures. Is that the place you visited for vultures?

Ciao from Massimo

Yes it was just outside of Rémuzat I saw the vultures first.
But the picture is from Saint-May, a bit closer to Nyons.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Kim Pilegaard on July 02, 2019, 08:49:40
Thank you Carl and Bruno, yes but the schedule did not include the heat wave ;)
Yesterday I did my best as a bird photographer, improvements are needed, but I did see the vultures.
The evening sky was spectacular but we did not get any rain.

Nice picture of the vulture! I hope you can stand the heat down there - here it has cooled down quite a bit.

The best place to watch the vultures is from the top of the mountain just west of Remuzat. The access is by a small road leading up from St. May.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 02, 2019, 08:54:08
Thank you Kim
Yes we get used to it and it is getting a bit cooler, now only 35 degrees  ;)
Standing in the sun for photographing the birds is difficult, but may give it a try again.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 02, 2019, 16:18:13
To we only went a short trip to see lavender and wine field.
But then there are all these villages.
Filenames indicates the place image taken, I got my geotagging to work.
I use and old i-gotU, bought many years ago, and to software only partially works with my Mac.
#3 View over Drôme and Vacluse
#6 La Garde-Adhémar
Filenames are missing due to non standard letters ;)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on July 02, 2019, 17:06:38
A trip on "Les routes de la lavande", well only a small part of it from Nyons.
To day we saw lavender and wine together.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: rosko on July 02, 2019, 22:53:08
Hello Gunver and Bent ! :D
Nice series of pictures of Provence !
We are going in France soon (end of this month) and hope the temperature will be cooler... :o
Enjoy the rest of your stay hopefully with cooler atmosphere !
Cheers, Francis.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Mikes on July 03, 2019, 04:02:35
Thank you for an enjoyable series, Gunver and Bent. The heat and glare are palpable - photography must have been quite a challenge during the day.

I love the cat shot - taking refuge from the heat?
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 03, 2019, 09:23:31
Thank you Francis and Mike for your kind words.
Francis we hope that your trip will have more enjoyable temperatures.
It was not a joy to leave the car for taking pictures, but it must be done ;)
I guess only tourists was out in the sun.
We did see some people working in the lavender fields, must have been hot.
Gunver and Bent
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Gunver Hjarbo on July 04, 2019, 16:45:24
The last two days we just went into the town, to see it before the market and during the market on Thursday.
We pass a Citröen garage everyday, we had to look, as they have more old cars than in Denmark.
We once had a Méhari. Now we have a more modern Citroën.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 04, 2019, 16:51:27
The car has not been in use for the last two days, we have been walking in the heat 8)
The town of Nyons has a lot of narrow streets, and old houses.
The town get completely transformed on every Thursdays when there is a big market.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: PeterN on July 04, 2019, 17:29:11
Thanks for taking us virtually with you on a great trip! Beautifully captured.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Ashlandish on July 04, 2019, 21:25:13
What a great trip, thanks for sharing..have been enjoying.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: CS on July 04, 2019, 22:10:32
Truly enjoyable, thanks for posting.   :)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 05, 2019, 15:38:43
Our last day in Nyons. Tomorrow we start the journey home, with stopovers in Strassburg and Celle.
I had to see if it was possible to get more pictures of the vultures, so we drove towards Rémuzat.
This is what I got, maybe the high temperature don't make it better :(
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Jacques Pochoy on July 05, 2019, 16:15:28
Thanks for this nice series on the "Baronnies"...! Don't forget to get some olive oil (and wine)  8)
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Fons Baerken on July 05, 2019, 16:34:27
Thanks fo the series Bent og Gunver, safe journey home.

Nyons is in the Drôme, beautiful country, i spotted a dutch family in one of the images,
orange shorts! ;D
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 05, 2019, 17:03:31
Thanks fo the series Bent og Gunver, safe journey home.

Nyons is in the Drôme, beautiful country, i spotted a dutch family in one of the images,
orange shorts! ;D
Thanks for this nice series on the "Baronnies"...! Don't forget to get some olive oil (and wine)  8)
We met a lot of dutch speaking people, especially when we visited a vineyard  ;)
At the winery we bought a lot of wine :o
We have the special Nyons olives and oil as well.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Luc on July 10, 2019, 22:06:01
Thanks a lot for posting this excellent travel diary, great images and text. I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on July 10, 2019, 23:33:36
Thanks a lot for posting this excellent travel diary, great images and text. I really enjoyed it.
Thank you for the nice words.
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: ArthurDent on July 21, 2019, 18:22:18
Beautiful! Seeing a series like this makes me wish I lived in Europe,
Title: Re: Provence June 2019
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on July 21, 2019, 22:42:16
very nice story and brave "North faces" withstanding the sun in the south.  Thanks a lot for sharing this set of images - it has been much too long ago that i was there.....