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L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Groan, we are slow to awake. Our reliable sun has failed us. The countryside around the hameau is shrouded in fog and we decide to stay in bed awhile longer than normal. Our need for coffee finally gets us out of bed. The apartment has a Senseo coffee maker which makes quick strong coffee. A movement in the kitchen window gets our attention and we see the owners dog. And a basket of fresh croissants and brioches. Perfect! A lovely start for our week in Provence. Farm fresh eggs, scrambled with heirloom tomatoes and fresh chevre round out our breakfast. Breakfast

It is almost 10:30 and we head off for L'Isle sur la Sorgue and the famous Sunday Market. The fog lifts as we drive to Isle and it is soon a warm clear blue day. We have heard that you need to arrive early to find parking so we decide to park at the first places we find on the road in. It is not far – another nice feature of traveling in the autumn. The market is made of both antiques and regular market which winds it way around and through the center of the town. Clothing, shoes, olives, spices, cloth, vegetables, bread, linens. It is not as crowded as we expected and after an hour or two we have seen most of the market. We have picked up jam, bread and some awesome basil olives. The linens look lovely but it is time to move on. We had a slice of pizza for lunch and relaxed with a Heineken before we move on.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

We head back and decide to drive along the road to Gordes. The vista outside the city is awesome. Not far away was Abbaye de Senanque. It is a lovely setting. Unfortunately for us, the lavender plants surrounding the front of the abbey are being replaced and the surrounding garden is dug up.

We decide to visit the Lavender museum. It is very interesting. I didn't realize the difference between true Lavender and the more common garden lavender or lavandin but scent is definitely more pleasant. Of course, there is a boutique with many lavender products but it is very nicely presented. My muscles have been aching so G suggests that I pick up some muscle gel. It sounds like a good idea especially since G said he would give me a massage.

Comments (3)

Teresa [TypeKey Profile Page]:

This time with your husband sounds delightful! What a great trip you had between the time at the school and then the trip after with your husband. I'm enjoying reading this so much. I am just now catching up on all of your posts since arriving in Menton. So fun to read!

marta [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Thanks Teresa. I'm slowly getting around to doing more posts. They will be a little bit out of order for a while as I jump between Provence and Menton so do check back.

I'll also try to post more pictures of Villefranche.

Kaydee [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Marta, I'm so excited you are finally posting about your time in the Luberon. I have checked here so many times to see if you had any stories or photos to share. And I confess I was a little worried that perhaps you didn't like the place we love so much! I'm looking forward to your future installments!

P.S. We really enjoyed Salagon too. See it in summertime here: http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/wood/archives/001870.html

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