At the foot of Mont Ventoux, the
"giant of Provence", the lavender fields stretch out.
The film shows the harvesting and distilling of the precious blue flowers by both traditional and modern methods.
Sault is the capital of this splendid flower.
You'll learn about life on the plateau of Albion: a quiet life following the rythm of the seasons.
There is a breed of goats, almost forgotten, the "Roves of Provence".
Free-range pigs -
and bees gathering pollen from the blue flowers to make delicious lavender honey...
You'll meet shepherds too, with there flocks, crossing Giono country, with fields of spelt rippling in the wind.
Here in the forest, they're picking chestnuts. Wrapped in chestnut leaves, Banon goat cheeses travel all over the world.
Far from the noise and bustle, in small villages like St. Trinit, romanesque churches and chapels have come down the ages unspoilt
The sculptures in the church of St. Christol remain a mystery for us.
But the most beautiful building in the area is without doubt the Rotunda in Simiane, where medieval troubadours played for fine ladies. That's where the film ends with an extract from a concert of medieval music.
Speaker: Anne Pont
Extracts from the film :
Together with a 2nd. film about Provence on the DVD:Oppède le Vieux -