As the name implies, this little village sits across an island and on each side of the river Sorgues, which starts its life a few kilometers away as a resurgence known as the Fontaine de Vaucluse.
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is famous for its antique shops. I t used to be a treasure trove from all the old estates around the region, but the shops are running out of good stock and often you are left with quite ordinary pieces to choose from. However, once a year around the 15th of August, there is a big "fete" and the town transforms itself in one of the biggest antiques fair in Europe, attracting pros and amateurs alike from all over the world. Better be up early to snatch the best pieces. There is a smaller antiques market every Sunday as well. Many years ago, we found a set of cutlery designed by Gae Aulenti, famous for a lamp and also for transforming the Gare d"orsy in Paris into a magnificent Impressionist museum, Musee d'Orsay.
You might want to stay the night and recover from the big lunch in Noves.
To be sweet on the purse, I would recommend "Les Terrasses du Bassin" in the town centre. Great reviews on TripAdvisor! You can book it for about 70$ a night during the week.
The town is charming even if you are not interested in antiques with plenty little streets with no or little traffic and some very nice shops and restaurants.
La Fontaine de Vaucluse
It is only 7kms away from l"isle-sur-la-Sorgue, but be prepared for another walk along the river to get to the source! On the way back, make sure you stop at the paper mill in operation since the 15th century, where you can buy the most amazing hand made pears for painting or calligraphy or anything else that takes your fancy.
There is also a good restaurant along the water beforehand which used to be our family reunion meeting place.
Depending on the season, it might be a poor sight like on this photo, but if you come in Spring when the snow melts on the surrounding mountains, then it will be gushing out, and you could not be that close from the well itself. Both have their charm, and you won't have a say! Mother Nature is the ruler here...
Interstingly enough, this restaurant, Restaurant Philip, is still ranked number ONE on TripAdvisor!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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