Provence Market Days: Visiting the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday Market (2022)

The L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday market is the largest outdoor market in the idyllic Luberon area within the Provence region of France. The large Sunday market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a food market, flea market, and antique market rolled into one so you can buy everything from olives to fine art here.

The town itself stretches across the Sorgue River—earning it the nickname “Venice of Provence”—and makes a very lovely backdrop to this large market with its shade-providing plane tress, babbling river, historic waterwheels, and flower-filled riverside cafésand restaurants. The town is famous for being a big hub for antique dealers and is the second largest antique center in France (after Paris).

Interested in visiting this famous Sunday market? We’ll share everything you need to know to plan your trip to the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday market and tell you about our own experience visiting L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

When & Where is the Market?

The market is held on Sundays in the town center of L’Isle sur la Sorgue. The market generally really gets going between 9am and 9:30am, but it is advisable to arrive by 9am or earlier to ensure good parking.

The food and produce vendors normally start packing up after lunch so get here in the morning if you want to do some food shopping, but the other vendors selling bric-à-brac and antiques will stay open until late afternoon.

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Getting there?

Car: There is a bit of a gritty urban sprawl around the town but just bypass that and head towards the ring road and town center. Parking is available, both paid and free, but parking can be difficult, particularly from Thursday to Sunday. If you are going on a market day, try to arrive early in the morning or just come with some patience. Look for spaces as you get close to the ring road that circles the town center and then drive along the ring road and look for parking spaces. You might also try looking for parking at the train station is you can’t find anything near the ring road.

Train: The town’s train station is located a short walk from the market area beyond the ring road.

Bus: The local buses within the TransVaucluse network make stops in and around L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The most common bus for tourists is the Line 6 bus that arrives and departs from Avignon. Other buses, such as 13.1 and 13.2, also stop in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. You cancheck online for the latest TransVaucluse bus schedules.

How Long Should I Plan to Spend at the Sunday Market?

I would allow yourself at least 2 hours to find parking, visit the market, and do a little walking around town. If you want to spend more time exploring the town, stop for lunch, or do some antique shopping at the numerous stores, allow yourself extra time. I would recommend planning to spend half a day here to really enjoy the town and market at a leisurely pace.

Where Can I Find More Information about L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue?

The L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Tourist Information Office is located in the town center near the church off Place de la Liberté. You can also call the Tourist Information Office (tel: 04 90 38 04 78) or visit their official website for more information. You can check out a map of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue here.

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  • The best tip is to arrive early to avoid parking hassles. By early, I would suggest arriving by 9:00. We arrived around 8:15 and we had no problem finding parking.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car (or at least hide them in your trunk) and take everything you need with you (e.g., sunglasses, camera, jacket) so you won’t have to waste time walking back and forth to your car.
  • If you arrive early as the vendors are still setting up, take the time to stroll along the river, see the waterwheels, the church, and stop for some breakfast or coffee. The place will soon be overrun with hordes of people, making it a bit more difficult to enjoy the pretty setting.
  • Come prepared with cash or stop at an ATM, especially if you want to make smaller purchases as some vendors don’t accept credit cards (or may not be able to run your credit card if not Chip-and-PIN). The more serious art and antique dealers will take credit cards.
  • Be prepared to shop around if you want the best deals on common items (e.g., produce, soap, linens, souvenir items). We saw wide variations in prices on the same or similar products across vendors.
  • Don’t expect bargains on the antiques. While I am sure people do sometimes uncover rare finds, most of the dealers are experienced and price their goods accordingly.
  • If you are wanting to spend some time seriously checking out antiques in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, you might want to look at thetown websitewhich lists some of the larger antique dealers and their specialties. Once in town, a good place to start is the large antique center called Le Village des Antiquaries de la Gare (2 bis avenue de l’Egalité, closed Tuesday-Friday) which is one of the largest antique centers in town with dozens of dealers. You’ll find numerous antique shops and art galleries scattered throughout the town and could easily spend a whole day or two antique browsing.
  • If you are planning to stay in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for a night or so, it might be best to arrive on a non-market day. This way you can get settled in and explore the city as it normally is and then watch the transformation as it erupts into a busy market town.

We had just arrived in the Luberon the afternoon before and our trip to the Sunday Market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was our first Luberon adventure. We had a pleasant drive to L’ Isle-sur-la-Sorgue from where we were staying near the Luberon town of Bonnieux.

We arrived early (around 8:15am) and drove straight to the old town center, and had no trouble finding free parking right outside the ring road. Vendors were still arriving and setting up and there wasn’t much of a crowd yet. We took advantage of this relatively peaceful time, and walked along the river a bit and took in a few of the waterwheels.

There are seven or eight of these waterwheels scattered around town serving as reminders that L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue was a very active industrial center in the past. These large waterwheels, and dozens of others, were used for things such as dyeing fabrics and powering olive and paper mills.

After seeing some waterwheels, we headed back to the town center and popped into the Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels)—a church with a beautiful Gothic interior—and then took a look at the most-photographed café in town: Café de France.

Café de France really is a pretty café with its bright green façade and being framed by two old plane trees. However, we decided to look for a table elsewhere as it was a bit crowded so we found a smaller less crowded caféfurther on and each ordered a café crème.

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From thecaféwindow, we watched as the vendors set up their tables, put out their wares, and the crowds begun to form. We lingered over our coffee and then made our way out into the warm morning sun to enjoy the market.The market was now erupting with life and would continue to get busier over the next hour and a half we spent there.

The Sunday market is like a food market, flea market, and antique market rolled into one and you’ll find an endless smorgasbord of things to check out: fresh produce, cheese, olive oil, linens, pottery, antiques, art, old furniture, clothing, candles, books, etc. etc.

We had come to the market mainly to browse, but also with the intention of doing some food shopping. Now, one thing we noticed as we spent more time here is that given that there are so many vendors, there are likely to be multiple vendors selling very similar items. We particularly noticed this when checking out prices for soap and sausage, and some of the prices varied fairly widely. It seemed that we got a good price for the soap, while we overpaid for our sausage. So learn from us, and if you are on a budget, check around before making your purchase.

Our French was quite limited at the time and we only knew some basic words and phrases; but with some patience and lots of pointing and nodding, we had no problem navigating the market and buying several things. The vendors here are very used to interacting with non-French speaking tourists. Among our purchases were melons, peppers, strawberries, spices, soap, and some poive sausage (pepper-crusted sausage which is a favorite of mine). Our budget didn’t allow for some of the very interesting old household items and art we saw, but it was enjoyable to just browse.

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If you are looking for a small, intimate market in Provence, this is not it. However, if you are looking for lots of variety, want to check out some antiques, or just want the experience of seeing the hustle and bustle of the largest market in the Luberon, you’ll enjoy this market.

If you are wondering where all that water comes from, we later examined the source of the Sorgue River at the nearby town of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

What do you think? Have you been to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue? Feel free to share your own tips and advice with us, we love hearing from you!

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Provence Market Days: Visiting the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday Market? ›

The market is on every sunday from around 8 am, there is a general markey selling local produce and many other things to tempt you. Along the Ave 4 hostages there is the antique market that is open all day, there is a variety of antiques and unique different things to look at and purchase as a souveneer from provence.

Is L'Isle sur la Sorgue worth visiting? ›

My husband and I rented an apartment in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and based our Provence adventure from there. But the town itself is just delightful. We stayed in the old section, a moment's walk from a wonderful boulangerie and the fresh food market on Sunday morning.

What day is market in Avignon? ›

Avignon, Les Halles – Every day: This is a covered market every morning except Monday in the centre of Avignon, with 40 stalls selling local produce – a must for foodies.

Where exactly is Isle sur la Sorgue situated? ›

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (French pronunciation: ​[lil syʁ la sɔʁɡ]; Occitan: L'Illa de Sòrga [ˈlilɔ de ˈsɔʀɡɔ] or L'Illa de Venissa [ˈlilɔ de veˈnisɔ]) is a town and commune on the Sorgue river in Southeastern France.

How do I get to Isle sur la Sorgue? ›

L'Isle sur la Sorgue is accessible via the Airport Avignon - Caumont, especially ministered to by low - cost airlines. The other nearest airport are those of Marseille Provence Airport.

What day is the market in St Remy de Provence? ›

The market runs on Wednesdays from around 7am to 1pm. Be sure to arrive very early if you are travelling by car or be prepared to park well away from the centre. You stand a good chance of finding a (free) parking space in the Parking de la Libération, on the avenue de la Libération.

What day is Gordes market? ›

Gordes market takes place every Tuesday morning. With stalls set around the foot of the castle at the centre of the village, this is a colourful and very photogenic market.

What day is market in Aix en Provence? ›

The big market days in Aix-en-Provence are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This is when the daily market opens its doors to even more street sellers from the region, widening the remit. It stretches out through the neighbouring streets and snakes down the iconic boulevard, Cours Mirabeau.

What does the name Isle sur la Sorgue mean? ›

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue means the island on the river Sorgue. It is the crystal-clear Sorgue which gave birth to the town, the water wheels scattered about provide the clue.

Is Gordes worth visiting? ›

Yes, Gordes is absolutely worth visiting!

Gordes also has unique and picturesque attractions, like Senanque Abbey, Saint Firmin Palace Caves, and Village des Bories, that can be worth your time and money. However, Gordes isn't the only charming village in the South of France.

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Provence market days are every day of the week, depending on what town you visit.. In certain places, like Aix-en-Provence and Uzes, it can feel like the whole town has become part of the market.. Here’s a look at the seven very different markets I visited in Provence.. If you visit Aix-en-Provence on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you can have your pick from anything in the farmer’s market, the flower market, the antiques market, the fruit and vegetable market, or the textiles market.. Market Days and Times French farmers market at Place Richelme: Daily, 8am-1pmFlower market at Place de l’Hotel de Ville and Place des Precheurs: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 8am-1pm Fruit and vegetable market at Place des Precheurs: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 8am-1pmTextile market: Tuesday and Thursday, 8am-1pm on the Cours Mirabeau and Saturdays, 8am-1pm around the Palais de JusticeAntiques market on Place de Verdun: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 8am-1pm. As with the other markets, there is also plenty of meat and vegetables on offer.. The Saturday morning market in Uzes is enormous.. During my visit, free tastes were offered along with a small sample of a paired wine for about an hour after the demonstration was complete.

L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue is an adorable Provençal market town surrounded by a moat of criss-crossing canals, bridges and mossy wooden water wheels.. Read on to find out more about visiting L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market, and why it’s considered one of the best markets in Provence.. L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue is not exactly off the beaten track — its vintage shops and antiques flea market are famous throughout the region — but it still felt like a delightful secret discovery when we stepped off the train and onto its quirky, crowded streets.. We visited on market day, and by the time we arrived there were stalls lining the streets and shoppers bargaining over gilded mirrors and porcelain dolls.. There are lots of cute restaurants along the riverside, and as you meander into the old town the flea market morphs into a food market.. Rather than strolling past the market and straight into the town centre, we actually spent a couple of hours meandering alongside the canal and exploring the open-air market in the grounds of an old country house across the river from the town.. Thanks to the popularity of this market and the fact that L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue is famous throughout the region for its vintage shopping scene, it’s actually super pricey and you’ll probably find yourself paying extra for the cute factor.. Once we were done messing around with pitchforks and antique wheelbarrows, we crossed the river and followed the crowds into the town centre, where the food market was being held.. Once you arrive in L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, it’s impossible to miss the market or the town centre.. Stalls open from around 9am, but it gets incredibly busy later in the day, especially in the central town square and and the winding streets where the food market can be found.. I’d say you should plan to stay for at least a couple of hours — that’s enough time to snoop around the vintage stalls, sample some snacks at the food market, and sit down by the river for a coffee or an ice cream.. But instead of visiting for the Sunday market, I’ll go on another day of the week — perhaps Thursday when there’s the smaller market and less of a commotion — so that I can enjoy the quaint streets and have a French pastry at Cafe de France unmolested by other people’s elbows.. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is also within easy reach of several gorgeous towns and villages in Provence, so if you have a car you could pair it with a visit to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and lots more, all within a 40-minute drive.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ‘s Sunday market is one of Provence ‘s largest and most impressive outdoor flea markets.. Walking along the picturesque Sorgue River , you can buy everything from food to antiques, vintage clothing, fine art, fresh cut flowers and best of all; fresh fruits, veggies, cheese and more delicacies from the region’s best farmers.. There are over 260 vendors here in the market.. The Market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is located along the Sorgue river in Southeastern France.. The gorgeous market is located around the Place de la Liberté, Place Ferdinand Buisson, Rue Carnot, Rue de la République and on Place Rose Goudard .. The Market is held every Thursday and Sunday , but the Sunday market is far superior.. On Sundays, you can find what the french call a “ brocante ” also called a flea market!. If all the vendors are still setting up, head out to find an open coffee shop.. And making your way around the food market and creating your own DIY picnic is the best way to enjoy the goodies you find along the way.. One key thing to making good with the vendors is knowing a bit of French.. So even if you don’t find you need a coffee, I still implore you to walk along this street to enjoy the incredible street signage and old French shops.. What to Buy in the Market?. The prices are often very well labelled, so even if you don’t speak French you should be able to shop without having to ask to vendors for pricing.. After grabbing all you can carry, head back down the river and find a nice spot under the trees in the Public Garden .. While the market might have the biggest draw, the charming little houses in some unassuming back alleys contain some of the most iconic French sights you’ll see in Provence.

On a Sunday morning in L’Isle sur la Sorgue the market winds through the old town and along the quay (river walk).. After Paris, L’Isle sur la Sorgue has the most extensive collection of antique dealers in France .. Twice a year, on Easter weekend and on the August 15th public holiday, antique lovers head to Isle sur la Sorgue for Antiques Art and You .. Today, the Sorgue is a shallow meandering river, making it difficult, if not impossible, to imagine a time when this town was an island.. Aside from markets and antiques, L’Isle sur la Sorgue treats art lovers to contemporary exhibitions in historical settings.. Campredon Centre d’art 20 rue du Docteur Tallet. 84800 – L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Telephone: +33 04 90 38 17 41

“Life here is like the market: slower-paced, warmer, more human.” Though this important wine-producing region is teeming with picturesque villages, each more charming than the next, and each with its weekday and Sunday market – Séguret, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Crestet, Le Barroux, to name a few – Vaison “is one of the oldest continuous markets in Provence, dating back to 1483 and stopping only during the Revolution,” specifies Trincaretto.. Though Cary could shop in any number of nearby markets, for the social interaction and ritual, as well as sheer abundance, this market has no equal.. Carpentras’ fortunate position in the centre of Provence’s most fertile growing region assures a year-round cornucopia: in springtime, succulent Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée strawberries and Monts de Venasque cherries; in summer, Ventoux muscat grapes, apricots and black Caromb figs; in autumn, local saffron; and in winter the Carpentras truffle market is the largest and most visited in the area, enticing gourmets from all corners of France.. A fifth-century manuscript in the city archives describes the Arles market thus: “Everything from the Orient, and from Arabia, penetrating perfumes, all that is produced in fecund Assyria, meets in Arles in greater abundance than its country of origin.” Though somewhat less exotic today, the Arles market still evokes the bazaar spirit.. Stretching for three kilometres under the generous plane tree-lined Boulevards de Lices and Clémenceau, this teeming market of 400-600 commerçants, depending on the season, assembles all the culinary riches of Provence, as well as local pottery, textiles, essential oils, flea market finds and a small antiques market.. Apt: The largest market in the Luberon, Apt’s lively and colourful Saturday morning market follows the old town’s sinuous lanes, culminating in the Cours Lauze de Perret – also the site of the famous Tuesday marché paysan , (farmers’ market), limited to local farmers only.. Aix-en-Provence: Every day is market day in exquisite Aix, one of Provence’s most picturesque and best-loved markets.

Budget: High | Opening Hours: Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1, avenue des 4 Otages, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Isle sur la Sorgue. Tel: 04 90 95 34 40. Budget: Low | Opening Hours: Closed Monday, Saturday lunch, and Sunday dinner 4 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Isle sur la Sorgue. Tel: 04 90 38 57 29. A 2-course lunch menu is 23 euros, for dinner there are 3 courses at 46 euros and 5 courses for the real foodie at 60 euros.. Budget: High | Opening Hours: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 13, avenue des 4 Otages, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Isle sur la Sorgue. Tel: 04 90 38 23 97. Budget: Low | Opening Hours: Open every day 800 Cours Fernande Peyre, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Isle sur la Sorgue. Tel: 04 90 38 52 80. Budget: High | Opening Hours: June to September: Closed Monday, Friday lunch and Saturday lunch , October to May: Closed Monday, Friday night, Saturday lunch and Sunday night 52 Rue Carnot, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Isle sur la Sorgue. Tel: 04 90 24 86 62

The old town is ringed by the river and canal system which makes it very easy to walk around and explore.. You'll find narrow winding lanes and hidden waterways, along with Renaissance mansions and a Medieval tower, the Tour d'Argent.. This tower was originally built as a defence keep in the 13th century, and has since had many uses, including a cinema & theatre during the last century.. There are now plans to restore it completely and use it as a culture space.. One way or another you'll end up at the central square which is home to the old granary, now the tourist office, and a rather impressive church, the Collegiale Notre Dame des Anges.. This Baroque styled church may look rather austere from the outside, but the interior is more lavishly decorated with grand paintings, murals, sculpture and of course, 222 angel statues who accompany the Virgin to heaven.. The tourist office offers guided walks and tours if you'd like to find out a bit more about the history of L'Isle sur la Sorgue.. The Campredon Art Centre is a 18th century mansion that shows contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year (closed on Sundays July to September, and Mondays & Sundays from October to June).. There are also two museums - one is an old-fashioned school museum, the other an antique doll & toy museum (only open during the school holidays).. Throughout the town there are art galleries, antique shops and gift shops.. Many cafes & restaurants offer terraces overlooking the rivers, making it a fine spot for lunch or dinner.

Some markets have an emphasis on “brocante.” Others have a special flower market.. One of the top brocante markets in Provence is the Sunday market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where there are also more than 300 antique and secondhand shops.. Although some big towns and cities have a market several times a week or even daily, most villages and towns have a weekly market, always on the same day of the week and usually in the morning.. At these small markets there may be very few (or perhaps no) sellers focused on selling to tourists.When you visit the small local market, you have the experience of being a local.. The big markets are partly flea markets.. Part of the fun of market day is a wonderful lunch after the market.. But by early December the Bonnieux market had only six sellers in an almost-deserted market square: the fish truck, cheese man, flower man (who kept his flowers in his van because it was so cold), a man selling farm-raised chickens, a man selling organic bread, and the pizza truck.

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a small town in the south of France, better known for being one of the largest antique markets in Provence.. Usually called Isle-sur-Sorgue by the locals (dropping the la ), the town’s name translates to Island on the Sorgue.. It is sometimes called the Venice of Provence because it is situated on a river and there are long canal along the center of town.. The small town of Isle-sur-Sorgue is located in the heart of Provence in the South of France and is known as one of the antique market capitals of France (along with Lille) because it’s the best place to find genuine antiques and flea market bargains.. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s famous antique market is held every Sunday , and runs from 8h-18h .. In addition, parking in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is quite the hassle as the large town parking lot is a good 20 minute walk away.. The Sorgue runs through the town center as well, however as you can see the pedestrian bridges are a bit low for boat to go under.. In addition to the antique market, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has a food and drinks market on Thursday and Sunday mornings from 7-13h .. Having family in the area, I’ve been to the town many times, and I can tell you the town is equally charming on its quieter days!. The town used to be encircled by stone walls, which have now mostly come down, but you can still get the feel of the medieval village in the town’s many squares and narrow alleyways.. It also happens to be next to the town’s large parking lot, as well as a couple of large restaurants with terrasses that are usually enjoyed by the locals.

Markets featuring local food and products are everywhere in this chic and sumptuous region.. Other markets cater to antique and crafts seekers, and many others are hyper-specialized, like the Marche Aux Fleurs, or flower market, in Nice.. Visiting these outdoor markets will surely make you feel like one of the locals as you wander through stalls with families doing their weekly shopping.. There are actually many markets in Aix-en-Provence , and all are active on these three days every week, making them the perfect days for city-wide market touring.. But there’s also a flower market in Place de l’Hotel de Ville, a produce market at Place des Precheurs, an antiques market at the Place Verdun, and a textile market on the main street of Cours Mirabeau.. The symbols of lavender and sunflowers have so defined Provence that we think visiting a local flower market is the perfect way to see the colorful bounty of the region.. Although it’s still called the flower market, Marche Aux Fleurs on the Cours Saleya street also sells local produce and goods like many of the other markets of the region.

Strolling along the river banks lined. with Plane. trees and several ancient water-wheels, you’ll enjoy. touring the market. where all Provence’s bounty is displayed: fruits and. vegetables,. olives and breads, cheeses and sausages, herbs, flowers,. fabrics,. soaps, pottery, baskets and more.... Enjoy browsing the antiques. displayed. in the open-air flea market then visit some of the. antiques galleries. where you may discover the object of your dreams!. LUNCH: We invite. you for champagne and lunch prepared by Anne-Marie at our. house, in the. Luberon countryside.After lunch, we’ll head up to the hilltop village. of Roussillon. (from roux, red), nicknamed the "Colorado of the Luberon". from the. stunning seventeen hues of ocher coloring the facades of. the. houses.. This. morning we’ll take time to visit the beautiful village of. Gordes and. take part in the lively weekday market.. All the small streets of the village. lead to. beautiful views of the Luberon valley below.. Later on you’ll enjoy your. visit of the. Lavender Museum where antique copper stills are displayed,. and. watch a movie outlining different distillation. processes.. The narrow streets of this. unique. village. are lined with 16th-17th century houses, art galleries,. and boutiques. with a variety of Provençal fares and crafts.. Take. time to. visit. the Eglise St. Vincent, partly carved from living. rock, the. Santons Museum (17th-18th century traditional clay. figurines), or take. a short hike to the top of the castle.. LUNCH:. Take a break from your visit and shopping spree and join. us for Côtes. des Baux-de-Provence wine and lunch at the terrace. of an. excellent. restaurant.. After. lunch, we'll drive up to the top of the village of. Bonnieux for a. spectacular panoramic view with Mont Ventoux in the. distance.. Walk. down the narrow streets leading to the 19th-century "New. Church" and. enjoy Bonnieux' architectural and artistic wealth:. medieval tower,. 16th-18th-century mansions, passageways cut into the rock,. small places. with water fountains, galleries with talented artists,. ceramists, jewelers, and even a lady who creates. exclusive hand-knitted garments!. Our. beautiful drive through the foothills of the Monts de. Vaucluse will. take us to the mysterious Fontaine de Vaucluse which is. truly one of. Provence's wonders.. Take photos of this very pretty. region and,. if needed, do some last minute shopping in the small. shops, art and. craft galleries, and more Provençal fabric stores.. Enjoy. breakfast, pack the lovely gifts you bought for your. friends back home,. take some last photos of the gardens and Gordes, your. "home in. Provence," and of the beautiful countryside.

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