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Writing and Waterwheels in L'isle sur la Sorgue

A May 2004 trip to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue by JennB3

Quote: With soothing scents of lavendar permeating the gentle (and not-so-gentle) breezes, flavorful foods rich with olive oil and local herbs, and narrow cobblestone streets leading to new discoveries, Provence's small villages provide inspiration for an itinerate writer.

Writing and Waterwheels in L'isle sur la Sorgue

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Overview

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L’isle sur la Sorgue, a village of around 18,000, is an ideal base camp for a tour of Provence. Called "the Venice of France," really quite a stretch, the town sits astride several branches of the Sorgue River, which still powers many of the moss-dripping water wheels that once helped the town churn out silk and wool. You’ll find plenty to do here, including the bustling markets on Sundays and Thursdays, but Avignon, Roussillon, Gordes, and other Provencal favorites are only a short drive away. My writing instructor for this trip, James Sturz, said travel writing is all about the big moments you create. Big moments are easy to come by here, and you’ll find more details about some of these in futu...Read More

Sous L'Olivier

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Attraction

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A Provencal pantry stocked to excite any gourmet, aspiring chef, or curious tourist, Sous L'Olivier provides a wide selection of regional specialties, most of which are canned, bottled, or otherwise packaged in small, carry-on-friendly containers. Dark wooden shelves, bottles filled with colorful liquids, and homemade labels create a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. Olives form the basis of most Provencal dishes in one way or another, and here you’ll find truffle-infused olive oil, spiced olives, and tapenade with tomatoes. The olive oil bottles are almost as interesting as their contents—I purchased a corked carafe that can be used again once the oil is gone. A sachet of herbes de Provence—a mix...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Sous L'Olivier
16 rue de la Republique
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Un Jour--Linge de Maison

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Attraction

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Visions of myself as supreme domestic goddess greeted me as soon as I walked through the door and saw that apron. The soft texture of the linen, the crisp lavender, sky, and sage vertical stripes--just by putting it on, I knew I would be instantly elevated to the rank of household diva. I would wear pearls and three-inch heels while I vacuumed. I would slave over a four-course meal while my hair and makeup remained impeccable and my smile never faded. My roses would be the most enviable, my husband would be the happiest and most well fed, my children would be the brightest. Never mind that I have no garden, husband, or kids. With this apron, all my housewife fantasies were within reach--for a mere 28 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Un Jour--Linge de Maison

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Goblins?

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Story/Tip

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While the raised eyebrows of my travel companions and classmates told me they believed otherwise, I had not been romping with the green fairy nor sampling any other hallucinogenic. Emily and I spent Thursday morning exploring the farmers market and the narrow streets of L’isle sur la Sorgue. After filling our canvas bags with more olive oil soap and sitting on a shopkeeper’s doorstep to eat a slice of quiche, we headed back to the Hotel Araxe to rest before class. I fell asleep briefly, then decided to venture back into town. The late-afternoon streets were nearly empty--the mongers of the morning market promptly packed away their goods at two o’clock only to disappear behind closed doors. Waiter...Read More

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JennB3

JennB3
Auburn, Alabama