Sunday, July 17, 2011

L'Isle Sur la Sorgue

Our first day in Provence found us driving towards the island city of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Surrounded by the River Sorgue on all sides,

the city oozes charm. Mossy wooden paddles from one of  several water wheels in town are still turning, and in former times helped keep the silk, woolen and paper industries going.

We made a point to visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on Thursday, its market day.

Vendors spilled out in every direction, along the river and around the Romanesque church

selling beautiful dish cloths

and table cloths

that were every bit as colorful as the fruit in the nearby stands.

Donkey sausage, anyone?

Flowers for arranging,

and for planting.

Cheeses for every palate,

or lavender by the scoop,

as well as the ever popular Savon de Marseille,

and greens for dinner. Just a few of the multitude of choices.

BUT, I must come back someday soon, because what really puts Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on the map is its popularity as an antiquing town. With over 300 permanent antique dealers and many more who flood the town each Sunday for its weekly antique market, it is the largest concentration of antique dealers outside of Paris.
Regretfully, our schedule did not allow a Sunday visit, and the antique shops are open only on the weekends, so I've every goal for a return visit. It's hard to imagine it being any more fun than the excitement of the Thursday market day when we visited, but I'll check it out....
 and maybe we can stay at our little farmhouse again, and a group of us can hook up together to share the fun.


  1. Wow, those are gorgeous photos of a beautiful place, Debi! I think you just planned my vacation next year! xxoo :)

  2. Absolutely phenomenol pictures, Deb....the stuff that really good dreams are made from!! I just want to be transported over! I especially love the oragnge bike and the flowers!!

  3. How have I missed a visit to this beautiful town? Thanks so much for gorgeous photography!

  4. Mmm. I can just smell the lavender. It smells like my Grandma. :)

  5. We came very close to coming to this village, Debi. What a wonderful tour – better than any photos I found online! And put me on the list for the return visit. Seriously! – g

  6. just a wonderful place ro visit and the market is so colorful!

  7. I believe you just boosted the tourism in Provence with these pictures. Gorgeous!

  8. One of my favorite villages in Provence. We've been to the Sunday market. While there are a lot of antiques, there are also a lot of people. My husband isn't crazy about crowds, but it's still a "do not miss."

    Your photos brought back wonderful memories.

  9. Okay, so let's go back with Georgianna!

    No thanks on the donkey sausage, dear, but I would have been tempted to buy everything else. How do you resist so that your suitcase will hold everything when you travel to these amazing places?

  10. I'm going next month! I can't wait! Love your photos :)

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