A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

Not far from the village of Venasque, a few kilometers from Pernes-les-Fontaines and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, we took a walk through the heart of the cherry orchards. It’s a wonderful experience to enjoy in Provence in April.
By Caroline Taret

Provence also has its ‘hanami,’ this popular Japanese custom of admiring flowers, especially those adorning cherry trees in spring. Cherry trees also blossom in Provence in April, attesting to the mild spring and heralding the good harvest to come. It’s near Venasque, the bastion of these wonderful trees, that we went to capture this unique moment; from the slopes of the hillsides of the village to the surrounding fields, the cherry trees keep their promise. Their white flowers sometimes tinged with a powdery pink are a call to poetry. It’s impossible to miss this succession of flowering trees when you walk through the triangle created by the villages Fontaine de Vaucluse, Venasque and Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt: when in full bloom, they create evanescent lines running through the Provencal countryside. We can already imagine tasting the juicy cherries that will grow on these trees in just a few weeks, all the while smelling the flowers’ gentle scent. It’s a moment of grace not to be missed. Following the blooming of the mimosa and the almond trees, cherry blossom takes over, to the delight of lucky locals!