Lavender Fields – Valensole, France

Lavender Fields – Valensole, France

Before going on any trip I try to do some research – it gives me the feeling of excitement and anticipation. Going on a road trip to France I had a list of things that I wanted to see – such as lavender fields in Provence. When planning our trips I always make a prioritized list of things I WANT to see and things I would like to see. Lavender fields in France was one of the top priorities. We missed our hiking and plane tour over the Alps in Annecy, we sort of wasted our time in Chateau de Versailles, Valensole plateau in Provence was going to be amazing.

Valensole plateau in Provence – is covered with lavender fields that I have seen so many beautiful images of on Instagram. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check it under #valensole on IG. I was so excited about these fields and I don’t know to this day if my husband knows it, but I planned our route so I could see those magnificent fields. He will definitely know it after reading this post…

The drive

We left Annecy and drove through Grenoble (which was by the way on Napoleon’s route to Paris ). I must admit that the road was both fascinating and boring. I imagined driving through The Alps would be like seeing it on Instagram or TV – beautiful landscapes with white mountain tops and green valleys. Well, it is, of course, not easy to take pictures out of a moving car, but still, the scenery could be more magnificent 🙂 Speaking of which, I could use some of the editing apps to add both the snow and green valleys. Luckily I don’t know how to do it, yet!

on the road towards Valensole

The weather was not the best either but as we moved higher up the mountains the scenery changed and I couldn’t shoot fast enough 🙂 Between layers of clouds, it was amazing.Above the clouds in French Alps

Green fields at the foot of the mountain

As we came down on the other side, I got my mountains although without the white tops :)) and green valleys:)

We drove through many small villages – I can’t remember their names, and which I wouldn’t be able to pronounce anyway. But it was super cool to drive through real French countryside that you don’t see on a TV or a magazine. If you are ever on a road trip, choose a route which avoids highways. The old road will usually be old and bumpy but you will be able to see the real countryside.

Finally, we came down to Valensole. I was ready to be a model and run through the beautiful lavender fields while my husband would take beautiful pictures of me, just like I have seen on Instagram. They would be perfect Instagram captions. I HATE REALITY!

First of all the lavender fields were supposed to be huge – what we found wasn’t – I, of course, blamed my husband for not wanting to explore further afield :):)

Second of all those colors were not nearly as colorful or bright as I have seen on Instagram – and everything is real on Instagram, right?

Third of all it was bloody hot – no-one to blame for this one 🙁

Fourth and finally – I am not a model (and didn’t practice at home before we left) and my husband is not a photographer – his fault… So this is the result…

Lavender fields in Provence vs Instagram

lavender fields in Valensole, Provence - unedited

Reality check

Impressive, right? However, I have a few apps where I can edit my pictures, so it wasn’t all that bad…

Do you use any editing apps and have a favorite? I think as long as we are aware of all the editing, it’s all fine.

lavender fields in Valensole, Provence - edited

Edited by LR

I mean this one could be Instagram worthy if I knew how to remove the exaggerated purple from the sky. Even though we didn’t take any shots of me running through the fields I saw some Asian people having a photo shoot (lucky them).

I am not judging anyone, I use a few editing apps myself – LR being my favorite. There are of course many others – VSCO, Instagram’s own tool, Snapseed and many many more. I hardly use editing on my blog photos, however, I edit my Instagram posts. I enhance colors, brightness, and exposure, but have never removed or added anything to a photo. Some of the images on Instagram are beautiful pieces of art – but I still love real photography more.

Anyway, I have now “seen” lavender fields in France and next time would love to see those in England. If you have any recommendations about place and time to see them let me know.

Just another example – Before editing in Lightroom

another example of before/after edit

After editing in Lightroom

after the edit

Is there a moral to this? Well, there is – don’t believe everything you see on Instagram, not even my feed. However, I will be very happy if you followed me on Instagram nevertheless – @travelletters

Next stop on our trip was Aix-en-Provence – read HERE about our stay and thing to do in Aix



  1. September 9, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    This is so true! I finally got a permit to the Wave in Arizona and my expectations were so high from social media that I honestly found it underwhelming…

  2. mapsandmuses
    September 5, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Hahah I completely understand! This has happened to me before too!

  3. September 5, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    It is INSANE what these editing apps can do isn’t it!?!? Love your before/after images.

  4. September 5, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Lena this is such a great and honest post! This has happened to me before, too! Instagram y so filtered these days, so we have mohave little expectation to avoid unpleasant surprises. Nevertheless, I can help you with the exaggerated purple sky! I you wish! Or if you wish to try out the app Snapseed. It’s free and you can add the purple to the field, without adding the color to the sky.

    Hope it helps!! Love to read some honesty!!

  5. September 5, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Ha ha, you’re lucky that your husband reads your blog posts ;-). I missed the lavender fields in the UK this year and was a bit disappointed but perhaps I shouldn’t be as they were probably a bit overcrowded too

  6. Tracey Best
    September 4, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Lena, I love your honesty here! Same thing happened to me when I went somewhere in Spain. Back then it was through google images.

  7. September 4, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Hahaha Oh Lena I feel for you about being so disappointed with the outcome! Good on ya for turning it into a post and being so honest about your experience!

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