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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, A Provençal Market Town

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A June 2003 trip to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue by artsnletters

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Quote: A major market town renowned for its incredible Sunday farmers and antiques market and its quieter Thursday farmer’s market, this lived-in stone village near Avignon on the edge of the Vaucluse and Luberon regions features several picturesque waterwheels. It's a pleasure to visit any day of the week.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, A Provençal Market Town

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Overview

Waterwheel Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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This thriving market town draws hordes of people to its Sunday antiques market, which sets up alongside the same incredible farmer’s market which springs up on Thursdays. It is worth making special effort to fit the Sunday market into your plans, during which a holiday atmosphere seems to prevail. Among the antiques I saw prints, paintings, lace and linens, books, glassware, dishes, furniture, and much more. I’m not a connoisseur of such things so I can’t comment on the quality or the value, but there is a lot to look at. This is not an intimate village market but a regional one drawing as many locals as tourists, one of the three largest and most comprehensive I saw in Provence (the others wer...Read More

Hotel St. Louis

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Hotel St. Louis Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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Hotel St. Louis is actually located about 3km from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, but I was arriving late in the day and wanted to be sure of a home for the night and secure parking for my car, so I reserved here. The hotel is a single-story U-shaped building. Reception and the dining room are in the base of the U, the rooms are in the legs, and a large beautifully tiled pool and patio fills the space between. Chloe and Christophe offered a warm welcome and let me leave my luggage with them the next day after checking out while I went to the market. My room, costing a mere 49 euros, was Provencal-cute, done up in vivid yellow and chalky sky-blue, spotlessly clean, and opened out directly onto th...Read More

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Hotel St. Louis
RN 100 - Route de l'Isle sur la Sorgue
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
(04) 9033-7070

Sunday Market

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Attraction | "The Sunday Market - Food"

Sunday Market Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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This market is the big draw in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, for good reason. It literally occupies the entire town. Stalls line the river, the highway, and the main pedestrian thoroughfares from the river to the church. If it’s eaten in Provence, you can get it here. I passed stands with tangles of garlic bulbs with their leaves still attached and piles of fresh lettuces so crisp and perfect they were certainly picked mere hours before. It was Cavaillon melon season during my visit. These melons, resembling undersized cantaloupe and grown in a nearby town, are considered the best in the world by many connoisseurs, with a price to match (€5-6 for a melon five inches in diameter), but I’ve tasted one and w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2003

Sunday Market

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Sunday Market

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Attraction | "The Sunday Market - Provençal Goods"

Sunday Market Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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Any market in Provence that sees some tourists is sure to have a nice stock of local crafts for sale. Among the most common of these are table linens, soap, and lavender products, and this market is no exception. I’m a sucker for beautiful table linens, so I really enjoyed myself in Provence. I noticed two primary varieties: prints and jacquards. Many prints echo the regional themes of olives, olive branches, lemons, and/or cigales. (Cigales look much like bees, but I asked and they are cicadas, an insect which makes a hum similar to a cricket’s – they are considered good luck in Provence.) The typical colors for Provençal linens are vivid and always found in t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2003

Sunday Market

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

The Ear

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The Ear Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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I discovered this oddity during my first pass through the market early in the morning. There wasn’t much to look at yet, as most of the merchants were still busily engaged setting up their stalls and goods. Near where the D938 road meets the N100 (as the N100 turns away from the river), there’s a footbridge that crosses the Sorgue. Looking down from the bridge, I noticed a large rock in the river that resembled . . . well, an ear. Perhaps it’s an actual ear off a statue--it certainly looks like it could be, if the statue were made of granite. It would have to be quite a large statue, though, as the stone appeared to be about four feet across. But there it was, rim, lobe, ear canal. I thought...Read More

Fontaine de Vaucluse

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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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If you have a car and a late afternoon to kill around Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, consider a short side-trip to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. In my opinion, this tiny town, perhaps a 20-minute drive from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is much more popular than it warrants, but it’s worth a quick stop, especially in the late afternoon when the tourist buses have rolled bravely onward. The town itself is clearly geared entirely to the tourist’s convenience, with every variety of cheap and tacky souvenir and low-cost-low-thrills eateries lining its center. Spring for a couple euros to park in one of the lots (unfortunately unavoidable) and just keep your face toward the river, walking upstream – trust me, you’re missing nothi...Read More