That’s right, I didn’t introduce myself! 😉
I’m Lionel. I am 38 years old, married and have two children. I was born in the Vercors and I have been living in Sisteron in Haute-Provence for the last ten years.
A long time ago, when I was a child, my cousins used to distill lavender at the Foire des Battages in the small Drôme village of Beaufort/Gervanne. I kept the scent of lavender coming out of the still deep inside me (a bit like Proust and his Madeleine, you know?)
And then time passed, the lavender fields evoked for me the South, Provence, the bees and the cicadas, a summer scent what? like you, isn’t it?
I fell in love with lavender when I was… big!Lionel, blogger Routes of Lavender
And then, a little more than 10 years ago, the sequence of my professional life (turned towards the development of tourism and territories) led me to take in hand the animation of a group of companies gathered around the Routes of Lavender within the association Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA).
By rediscovering the perfume of my childhood at the bend of a distillery, I discovered a fascinating universe, with passionate people, who cultivate a noble product and who are proud to make discover it to those who are curious to understand “how it works”.
Since then, I have had the chance to contribute to many projects, be they cultural, event-related, promotional or photographic, in order to highlight lavender and the men and women who make it live.
And when last year the GTA had to close its doors, I naturally took over the animation of the Routes of Lavender, by passion and by desire to continue a beautiful human adventure with producers and transformers of the “blue gold of Provence”.
I am very happy to share my passion with you through the pages of this website and social networks(Facebook, Instagram). I have many ideas and projects around lavender, including planting a field with my family (an adventure you will be able to follow on this site from 2021).
I hope to make you want to discover like me this extraordinary little flower, which is one of the emblems of this corner of France that is dear to me!