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My time in #Cavaillon, #France came to a close this morning. I chose to stay in this smallish village in #Provence, located just about half an hour south of the more well-known #Avignon, because it was convenient for visiting the Lavender fields and distillers, but also because it is famous for its Charentais melons. Cavaillon melons are what we would call cantaloupe, but believe me, they are SO much better than anything we get in the U.S. They are so famous that the town devotes an entire festival to them every July and people come from around the world just to sink their teeth into the bright orange, sugary fruit.

Though I missed the festival, I was able to visit farms where the melons are grown. Modernity hasn't crept into the process of harvesting the melons. They are picked each day, by hand, and only at the moment when they are juiciest and loaded with sugar. The farmers have been doing this for so long that they can just look at a melon and tell if it's ripe, but they were happy to share their tips for picking a good one in the market with a novices like me. First, it must be heavy. Second, the base of the stem (where it meets the melon) must be crack racked and separating from the fruit.

When I wasn't snooping around lavender and melon fields, I was discovering the charms of Cavaillon and the surrounding area. The Thursday evening Farmer's Market let me
sample more of the gastronomic delights of Provence, including artisan goat cheese, sweet cherries, apricots, and almonds. On Monday morning, a huge flea market took over the streets of the old town.

During a fascinating tour of an old synagogue I learned about the Jewish community that lived in Cavaillon during the Middle Ages. While Jews in other places around Europe were being killed, those in Cavaillon were allowed to stay, though they were forced to wear yellow hats and could not mingle with the community at large. Today there is no Jewish population in Cavaillon and the walls that once blocked off the street to keep them separate have long since disappeared. Fortunately, the synagogue, which includes one of the oldest Mikvahs (ritual baths) in Europe, has been preserved.

The Cavaillon Tourist Agency also pitched in to make sure I had a great stay, taking me to two of the most famous "perched villages" in France: Gordes and Oppéde le Vieux. Originally built atop hills to provide protection from invaders, both villages nearly disappeared after suffering major damage during World War II. But artists, seeing the potential, began purchasing the abandoned buildings in the 1950's and restoring them. Today, both are major tourist destinations.

The people of Cavaillon were so gracious and welcoming, and I left feeling that I experienced the authentic Provençal lifestyle. I will miss it, I think most of all for the food! Provence Guide Office de Tourisme Luberon Coeur de Provence

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A pencil-thin man in baggy dungarees shuffled into Maison Jarry Pâtisserie, taking care with every step to maintain his balance.

"Bonjour," he said, nodding to me. I smiled and returned his hello in my obvious American accent.

He picked up two shiny green boxes full of pastries that the pastry shop had waiting and started out. At the door he paused and turned. His weathered face dissolved into a sea of wrinkles as he smiled broadly, revealing one front tooth. In the stream of French I heard one word I understood. "Américain?"

"Oui, American,"'I answered, pointing at myself.

"Merci," he said. Another stream of unintelligible French followed, but I understood two words: "Le guerre." The war.

"Mon Papa," I said, again pointing to myself. Hoping to convey that my father also served in World War II, I stretched my arms out to either side, ducked and weaved, then pantomimed a bomb falling and exploding.

"Les Américains," he repeated. "Merci, merci!" He blew me a kiss with two fingers and slowly turned and shuffled out. This is not the first time I have been the recipient of French gratitude for our assistance in the war. More than 70 years later, the French have not forgotten. +ProvenceGuide +Luberon +luberoncoeurdeprovence 
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NEW BLOG POST: Good Things to Know Before Traveling to #Japan. Just the idea of traveling to Japan can be intimidating. It is a culture like no other around the globe, with a unique language, food, and cultural rules. http://holeinthedonut.com/2016/07/24/things-to-know-before-traveling-to-japan/
Japan is a world apart from most cultures around the globe, and there are quite a few good things to know before traveling to Japan
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I waited most of my life for this. The #Lavender fields of #Provence #France are in full bloom and currently being harvested. Lavender has always been my favorite fragrance, and I longed to stand in a field, close my eyes, and breathe in deeply.

Last week, I did just that, with the wonderful assistance of Anne Guillaumin from +ProvenceGuide who devoted an entire day to take me to see the lavender fields around Sault and visit the artisanal producers of lavender fragrance, essential oils, shampoos, creams, soaps, shampoos, lavender-infused foods, sachets, and so much more.

I even enjoyed a gourmet lunch at Restaurant Regain at Hostellerie du val de Sault, where the chef produced the most exquisite salad topped with with tempura fried lavender, sage, rosemary,and oregano. Have I had my fill of Lavender? Not a chance. But I came home with a bag full of fresh-cut lavender, soaps, shampoo, and essential oil. For the next few months it will be a daily reminder of the wonderful time I spent in the lavender fields of Provence.
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FROM THE PHOTO ARCHIVES: Rafting AuSable Chasm, Keeseville, New York http://holeinthedonut.com/2011/08/09/rafting-ausable-chasm-new-york/
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Fortune smiles on me almost all the time, but some days more strongly than others. Today is one of those days. I have been in #Provence, #France for the past few days. I came for two reasons: first, to see the lavender fields in full bloom (more on that in a future post), and second, to learn more about the sweet, juicy melons for which this part of the world is so famous.

I have had incredible assistance from the Provence Guide tourism folks, who alerted me that there is a restaurant in Cavaillon (the town where I'm staying) that specializes in dishes created with melon. They coordinated with the folks at the Cavaillon Tourist Agency and before I knew it I was booked for a truly unique gastronomic experience at Maison Prévôt (http://www.restaurant-prevot.com/fr/).

I am nearing the end of a six-course meal that has me swooning in ecstasy. Since I don't drink alcohol, it began with an apéritif of white grape, lavender, and lime juice, which was followed by a starter of cold tomato soup with tarragon ice cube, mushroom a la Provençal with red berry vinegar, eggplant cake topped with red pepper marmalade, and red radish topped with hazelnut crumble and lemon yuzu cream.

The mise en bouche (before the main course) was delicious (fresh peas on panacotta) as was the first course (zucchini flower stuffed with mousse of prawns and hake fish with yellow zucchini). But it was the main course of Melon Cocotte that stole the show, an entire melon, baked for 20 mins in the oven, stuffed with melon balls, lobster, and spicy lobster bisque.

Then came not only dessert, but pre-dessert: strawberry mouse and berries coulis with a brownie hidden inside. Dessert followed: Ginger biscuits, topped with mousse and raspberry ice cream. And if that wasn't enough, a tray of goodies arrived with my coffee.

I'm going to include just a couple of photos of this incredible spread, but to see the entire meal you'll have to wait for the full story on my blog. Yes, I'm a terrible tease, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

I have to say, I think I've become more European than American in my eating habits. I relish every bite, haunt the farmers markets, and can't even consider coffee until dessert. Sigh! I am so content. All that remains is to waddle back to my hotel and crawl into bed for an afternoon nap, before I head back out to dinner. It's a tough life, but somebody's gotta do it!

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    As a freelance travel writer & photographer, I travel the world perpetually, immersing in cultures from around the world and bringing the stories of those cultures to readers on my blog, http://holeinthedonut.com
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Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel - Connecting the World Through Storytelling
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After years of working 70 hours a week at jobs I detested, I felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside, but empty on the inside. Searching for meaning in my life, I abandoned a successful but unsatisfying career and set out on a six-month solo backpacking trip around the world, during which I pursued my true passions of travel, writing, and photography. My travel blog, http://holeinthedonut.com, was initially begun as a means to document my round-the-world trip, but by the time I returned to the States I was determined to remake myself into a travel writer, therefore I continued to travel and write about my destinations. These days I am on the road more than 60% of the time and I write about destinations, people I meet along the way, and the spiritual lessons that come from travel. It's all about being true to oneself.
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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - Sarasota, Florida - Chicago, Illinois - Phoenix, Arizona - Rincon, Puerto Rico - Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Pokhara, Nepal - Kalamazoo, Indiana - Tuscola, Illinois - Boulder Junction, Wisconsin - Morris, Illinois - Chiang Mai, Thailand
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