"L'Isle sur la Sorgue - a wonderful getaway" L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue by Maryimelda
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 118 photos
L'Isle sur la Sorgue was a complete unknown to me until I read about it on VT.
I was looking for a base in Provence for a couple of weeks and it really seemed to fit the bill. When I arrived and had a short walk around Centre Ville, it was love at first sight.
The most striking feature of the town is the way it is built on many little waterways which of course means that it ends up joining the throngs of towns and cities in Europe with the "Venice" connection. Personally I think that all of these places have a charm of their own and so I find this frequent "Little Venice" connotation rather boring.
There are still approximately 13 (I think) water wheels situated along the waterways. These date back many centuries to when the town was a centre for woolen and textile mills and paper making and the like. The wheels can still be turned but they are no longer in use. They give L'Isle a wonderful ambience however and are a joy to avid photographers.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is thought to be the largest centre in France outside of Paris for antiques. It should be noted however, that because of the great reputation the town has for its antique shops, the prices can be quite inflated, I believe.
The street markets are absolutely amazing. Best I have ever seen. I ended up buying so much fresh food that of course, I had to leave a lot of it behind when I left as I just didn't have time to eat it all. Even now a year later, whenever I am really hungry, I have visions of the wonderful wedge of Roquefort cheese I left behind in L'Isle sur la Sorgue.
- Pros:Best markets ever.
- Cons:Public transport is sparse at times.
- In a nutshell:When I think of Provence I think of L'Isle sur la Sorge.
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