If you are looking for a great place to base yourself in the south of France (Provence) next time you are there, you would go along way to find a town better than L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Centrally located in the Department of Vaucluse, it is close to all the must see perched villages and other attractions of the Luberon Valley. Although you can arrive by train, a car is really a must if you want to take full advantage of the French country side. We stayed in a very cute 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the centre of town. Again there were loads of stairs, so if you are in any way disabled, this one is not for you. But stairs seem to be par for the course in most French apartment complexes. The other issue was that being in the centre of town can of course be noisy, but that is one thing I am prepared to put up with, for being right in the action.
This apartment overlooks Place de le Republique. Every French town seems to have a square by that name. The location places you well for the world famous markets, held in the town both on Thursday and Sunday (even bigger and better than Thursday). The town is full of high end antique stores and the Sunday market has loads of Brocante and some of the most beautifully presented Mediterranean produce I have ever seen. I will do an entire post on the markets, as they are out of this world.
To my mind, there are very few brocante bargains to be had, but I did get a lovely blue and white French house number, for decoration purposes for 18 Euro in a lovely store, which I thought was quite good.
It was so nice to come home to this comfortable and well appointed apartment every night, after a day out on the hustings in the South of France. It really was a little home away from home. And sitting at the writing desk, listening to the saxophonist play out my living room window every Thursday and Sunday evening, rose in hand, was just sublime.
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Disclaimer: We paid our own way in this property
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