Bleu Lavande

We have not done many road trips this summer.  It seems like at this time last year, we had already done about five.  With that being said, it’s time to catch up.

The Eastern Townships is a great place to go for a road trip, as well as to see some beautiful scenery.  This weekend, we decided to go down to Stanstead in the Eastern Townships, in order to visit the Bleu Lavande (lavender) estate.

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It’s quite a drive to get there and if you like peace & quiet, rolling hills and wide open spaces, it will be worth it.  If you like lavender and all things that smell good, going to Bleu Lavande will be a bonus.

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For me, it was the photo opportunities that i enjoyed the most.  In all honesty, i thought the estate would be a bit more impressive.  Aside from the cafe and the store, all there is is rows, upon rows of lavender.

One side note: there is no indoor plumbing.  If nature calls, you are going to have to use the “Johnny on the spot” facilities that they provide.

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There is a guided tour of the estate that you can take, but walking around and simply enjoying the scenery, seems to be the best way to enjoy the estate.

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I don’t quite get the appeal of going here (i think you have to be female to do so), but there were plenty of people visiting when we went.

I must say that the area is very peaceful and once the band at the cafe had stopped playing, it was dead silent.  It was a nice change from the hustle & bustle of the city.

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The next four photos were taken from the parking lot.  It really is a breathtaking view.  I can only imagine how beautiful it is after a dusting of snow or when the fall colors are out.

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Going back home, there is endless photo opportunities of beautiful landscapes.  The only problem is, there is not many places where you can pull of the road.

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One of the dangers of driving down in the Eastern Townships on narrow, two lane roads, is wildlife.  A deer can jump out at any moment and give you the fright of your life and one did just that to us.

We were driving along a paved, winding, two lane road through a wooded area and at one point, i caught this brown object out of the corner of my right eye.

Subconsciously, i knew what it was.  However, it did not fully register until it had jumped out into the middle of the road, that it was a deer.

Within a split second of me first seeing it, we were staring at a full grown deer at a point in the road where we were going to be in another split second with our car.

Brake!!!!!

Though i was in the passenger seat, i nearly put my foot through the floor of the car, bracing myself.  I really thought we were at least going to clip him, if not hit him head on.

Luckily, my wife had seen him quite well and by always having her foot on the brake, we managed to stop and the deer went about his business of getting to the other side of the road.

Venison steaks were mere feet away.

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Thanks for looking.

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