L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue + Fontaine de Vaucluse
Continuing with the recap of last fall’s getaway to the glorious South of France, I will share with you two more towns we visited during our stay: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse. LSLS is known world-wide as a mecca for antique lovers. Interior designers flock to this little oasis to shop for their clients. Since our curiousity was beyond piqued, LSLS was on our list of to-do’s before we ever even found a place to stay … speaking of that …
We found our house for the week on Gites de France which is like an online catalog of the b&b’s in France. The site also lists apartments and homes for rent. We found this lovely little house in Carpentras, France, and it served our purposes beautifully. Several nights we grilled fresh salmon outside and paired it with salad and raspberry bier … while taking turns dubbing the French soap operas and dramas on TV with our own elaborately sarcastic story lines. We also took walks around the neighboring country roads to admire the vineyards and the olive groves. Our second day in town, Carpentras was having a flea market … needless to say, our little house in Provence was stuffed to the brim by the end of the week with mounds of French antique treasure from all the markets.
Flea markets aside, we had to make our pilgrimage to LSLS.
On another day, we headed over to Fontaine de Vaucluse …
When we reached the end of the path, there was a fence with warning signs saying it was dangerous to get any closer to the ‘source.’ However, the cool French were throwing caution to the wind and climbing over the little fence to get a better look. So, of course, we followed suit, hopping right over the fence and carefully making our way down the rocky cliff to get a better peek at the deep blue source. It looked so much cooler in person … like a secret lagoon … wonder what treasure exists in those cavernous walls or if anyone ever goes skinny dipping here?
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.