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Among The Lavender

Heavenly scents in Provence

Provence lavender
Provence lavender

Provence is widely known for wall to wall sunshine, pastis, pétanque and delicious dishes based mainly on tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, so called “à la Provençale”. Ratatouille is its signature dish and contrary to popular belief does not contain any rats! The most well known Provence export must surely be lavender. But did you know for instance that the asp that killed Cleopatra was said to have been found under a lavender bush? Lavender was also reputed to be a charm against the devil. The flowers were bound into the shape of a cross and hung on doorways to deter evil spirits. Nowadays, lavender is used as an effective insect repellent, a sleeping aid and can even be used in cooking to flavour biscuits.

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