We’re sorry. The scratch ’n’ sniff option was not ready in time for this photo, so you’ll have to imagine the intoxicating fragrance wafting over you…. Today we’re in the lavender fields that carpet the Valensole Plateau in Provence, France. A rolling 700 square kilometres of flowers colour the landscape as far as the eye can see. Vincent van Gogh spent time here, and featured lavender in some of his paintings. June is the start of the lavender season, and though it runs till August, peak viewing (and smelling) time varies a little with fluctuations in temperature and rainfall. There are lovely villages that you can meander while visiting the lavender fields, stopping for a pastry or crunchy-soft baguette at an outdoor cafe.