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…
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!
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
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.
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
After editing in Lightroom
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