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Lavender Fields of Summer

Lavender Fields of Summer
Priscilla Peck
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Imagine an endless sea of lavender bathed in sunlight aka an OOTD of a lifetime. Sounds like a romantic scene from some art movie, doesn’t it? This fall, MedHatter blogger, Priscilla Peck takes us on a magic purple-carpet ride to lavender fields. But first, pronounce it right – (for audio help, visit http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/lavender) 

Provence, France

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Credit: vividscreen.info

Lavender harvest usually takes place between June and August, so bear this in mind for your visit next year. We recommend visiting the dedicated Lavender Museum in Coustellet, which is situated right at the heart of the Luberon Regional National Park. The museum tells the story of lavender, its history, challenges and future. It also educates lavender fans on the properties and qualities of true lavender.

Mayfield, Banstead, Surrey, UK

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Credit: www.pinterest.com

SHOPPING

As the lavenders usually  bloom between the last week of June until the last week of August, don;t miss the opportunity to shop for lavender souvenirs to your heart’s content.  You can’t go wrong with gifts like lavender tea, lavender shortbread, organic oils and lavender fudge, all unique to Banstead. 

Mt Shasta Lavender Farms – Montague, California

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Credit: mountshastaguide.com

Mt Shasta is one spectacular summer attraction in Northern California. It opens only in June and July. Mt Shasta Lavender Farms is located in the high desert north of the mountain and east of Weed. The view is simply breathtaking. The lavender is used to produce oil, dried products, and culinary purposes. The gift shop stocks lavender soap and lavender scented candles.

Snowshill – Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England 

Credit: www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk

Credit: www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk

The lavender plantation in the Cotswolds is a 3rd generation family farm that started out producing wheat and barley. Its location – 1000 feet above sea level – and the free-draining limestone soil, together provide ideal growing conditions in the production of the best quality English lavender essential oil. More than 35 varieties comprising 250,000 plants fill 70 miles of rows. To feel like royalty, take a break in the Tea Room which serves light lunches, cream teas and cakes. 

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