Lavender doesn't only grow in France, and it's not the only thing, but we must recognize that the French have majestic examples of these crops. And really, when the lavender is in full bloom during late June the aroma is overwhelming. This field is right outside the village of Bonnieux and is authentically beautiful. If you are in the area and lavender is flowering, you can not help but get close.
In Russillon one can find one of the most fascinating landscapes in Europe: Ochre Mine, a finite clay that prehistoric people were using as a pigment to paint their caves and their bodies. In fact, yellow and red ochres that originate in Rousillon (subjecting the ore to chemical processes) are considered the best in the world. It´s a lovely experience to take a stroll where the clay is and to see, one more time, the marvels that only nature is capable to create.
Gordes has as a point of interest: an imposing castle-palace, the church of San Fermin and the Caves du Palais Saint Firmin, which are cellars or underground passageways that run below the town, called troglodyte caves. Well cataloged, private property, and €6 entry. There's footage on the restoration of the cellars, and a guided tour with audio guide in 10 languages, which can be visited from May to September.