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L’Isle Sur La Sorgue

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L’Isle Sur La Sorgue

L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, originally a fishing village built on stilts, is a large but compact medieval town, situated seven km/4.3 miles down the Sorgue from its source at the Fontaine de Vaucluse. The river divides here and is further branched by canals so that today the town is actually spread out on islands between five branches of the river. It is sometimes known as the Comtadine Venice. Several waterwheels, some of which still turn, line the tree-shaded canals. As pretty as it is, the town’s main claim to fame is as the antique capital of the region. At least 30 antique shops are open year-round along the Quai de la Gare, across from the railway station, and there’s a flea market with 50 traders every Sunday, all day. At Easter and Assumption (August 15), as many as 900 dealers gather for massive antique fairs. The town has a good selection of shops and restaurants, as well as several pleasant hotels.

Last updated February 7, 2012
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