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A bit of a rest from driving today - we enjoyed the neighbourhood of Verdon first by taking an electric boat out. It was peaceful but a bit windy. So sailing would have been better!
We drove into a nearby village for lunch, then onto Riez, another village 15 min drive away, where the famous lavender ...
... longer than expected: 4+ hours to cover 200km, I enjoyed the mountain drive without traffic and green scenary, to arrive at elevated village with a beautiful green lake and a medieval castle to stay by 7pm!
The owner of the chateau was there to warmly welcome us, and we enjoyed our stay like guests more than visitors!
... than buying a camera – No! Cameras.
So we picked our way around the old trawlers and new sports boats while watching the fishermen preparing for the next day's catch. We meandered past the deli and listened to locals ordering fromage and pate. We stood outside the bakery and breathed deeply of the bready vapours. It was horrible; before long we were back at the ship and ready for lunch - half the day wasted!
Some sort of ...
... we decided to drive on to the lake to check it out. We had seen some pictures of the lake and gorge in tourist leaflets and had assumed that they had been photoshopped as the water was such a turquoise colour but when we first saw it that was exactly the colour it was. There was this massive lake and at the end you could see the gorge in the extremely large cliffs and it just looked spectacular. From the viewpoint we had we spotted ...
... then went back to ask the operator a few questions while I popped into the shop. I picked up a small bottle of lavandin oil which is supposed to help remove the sting or itch from insect bites. Anoop came back to tell me that they had finished distilling the first batch and were now loading the steamers with fresh bales. We headed back over to watch this process and learned that 1 ton of lavandin produces 25 l of oil. They were selling the oil at €93 per litre ...