June in Provence
Forgive me, I’ve been a bit absent on CuriousProvence as I’ve been doing many photo shoots and market tours and even a Provencal fish soup dinner for 14 people. It’s been crazy busy but I’m loving it!
There are many events this month but the most common is the Fête de la Saint Eloi. Saint Eloi is the patron saint of metalworkers, blacksmiths, cart drivers and craftsmen of all kinds. He is a particularly favourite saint here in Provence. The Fête is normally transferred to the end of June rather than the 1st of December which is the official day. Most towns in the Bouches du Rhône dedicate a day of celebration to this saint. Normally, it starts with the decoration of a local horse cart using olive branches, wildflowers, and hay. The cart is then paraded throughout the town often followed by and different types of bull running. Oh, and copious amounts of rosé.
Also this month, very exciting, the lavender comes into bloom. In a couple weeks I’m taking pictures of a man proposing to his girlfriend in a lavender field. Ah! Wish me luck!
Here is my selection of some of the many events happening in Bouches du Rhone, Provence this month.