Finding the Finest Lavender Fields of Provence

 I will write of the remarkable expanse of lavender around the Abbey at Senanque just north of Gordes another time but it is worth pointing out some other areas that should be on your ‘must see’ list if you are a lover of this beautiful fragrant plant. I appreciate that there are many people for whom a visit to Provence must be made in the lavender season as it is crucial to their experience of the region. My wife Niamh is one of those people.

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The Strange Tale of our Ascent of Mont Ventoux - By Car

From early in my life I always had a fascination about the career and death of the British cyclist Tommy Simpson. In my youth I was a keen cyclist but I never cycled competitively. I had one of those ‘can you remember where you were when JFK was shot’ moments in 1967 when Simpson died that July day during the Tour de France on his ascent of Mt Ventoux.

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Neal Atherton
Lunch in Brittany - French Style

My drowsiness was cut short when an elderly couple came out of the restaurant. A couple that I feel had probably had two bottle of Sancerre and an aperitif and a digestif at least with their lunch. They were very happy indeed. He looked like he was probably the local mayor and she was dressed to impress and keep up appearances. As they reached their car –

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Neal Atherton
Incident in Maximes

Maximes – Wine tour incident  

                  

I didn’t tell you about our real stars of the wine tour, our couple Emma and Richard that have the world revolving around them, so much so that they nearly caused an international incident on our first meal as a group in Auxerre. AND IT WAS ONLY ABOUT BADOIT.

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Neal Atherton