As springtime arrives in Provence, life moves from inside to the outdoors. One of the things we love to do is take a nice hike with friends. Well-marked trails crisscross the french countryside, and there is always somewhere new to explore.
A typical afternoon hike will range from 1-3 hours, and is a great way to catch up with friends while burning off a few calories from a two-hour lunch!
Our walks invariably lead to some interesting discovery -- fields of blooming flowers, pre-roman ruins, or just an amazing view that shows off the landscape in a new light.
The way this landscape affects us is always inspiring, and often deeply personal. There is something about being in nature with friends that leads to openness and honesty -- personal exchanges that bring people together.
Provence is the ultimate social media.
One of the first food festivals of the season is the Fête de la Fraise (Festival of the Strawberry) in the town of Carpentras (about 10 minutes from Bédoin). Carpentras is famous for its delicious strawberries, and after a long winter indoors, all of the local residents are ready to come out and celebrate.
The festival features lots of fresh strawberries for sale, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for the children.
It was a fun (and tasty) way to celebrate the coming of spring, and share in the bounty of the local harvest.