May is normally a great month for a long weekend trip. With all its public holidays making 3-4 day weekends we usually take the opportunity to explore the region. We jump in the car and head off within a roughly 3 hour radius. Over the last few years we’ve been to the Luberon, the Camargue, St Rémy de Provence, Avignon, le Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct, Marseille, Nîmes, Montpellier, Arles, les Baux de Provence and the “Colorado of Provence”.

But not this year. This year, due to la crise sanitaire, for the first 2 public holidays in May we couldn’t go further than  1 kilometre from home. It’s a long weekend again, the 3rd of the month, and while we have a little more freedom, we’re only allowed to go 100 km away. I don’t actually feel ready to travel yet, so I’m taking solace in photos from a long weekend trip in May 2018.

poppy field long weekend trip

May Long Weekend Trip to Roussillon

We visited the lovely village of Roussillon and its “Ochre Trail”, passing through fields of poppies under a threatening sky. We explored the “Colorado of Provence” in a downpour but despite the uncooperative weather its unusual beauty was startling.

long weekend trip

Lockdown Experiences Around Europe

Over the last couple of months I’ve found it fascinating reading the experiences of lockdown in other countries as seen by some of my blogging friends.

Jacqui at French Village Diaries wrote daily about her life in a small town in France from 17th March to 11th May.

Ilze at Let The Journey Begin has been documenting her life as a Latvian living in Germany with a young family, in her weekly Coronavirus Chronicles.

Amanda from Turning Dutch has been writing about her family’s experiences of actually having Coronavirus in the Netherlands.

Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles is chronicling her life in Kent with her teenage boys every week.

Erin from Oregon Girl Around the World has coped with quarantine by walking around Copenhagen every day photographing her 10,000 steps in her Instagram stories.

long weekend trip Luberon

Have you been documenting your life in lockdown in any way? I’d love to know.

Further Reading

May, the Month of Bridges 

Street Art and Charm in Le Panier Marseille

Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition in Provence

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poppy field on a long weekend trip


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