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Around our place in Provence: papal palaces, pretty villages & picture-perfect spots

While our town of Isle sur la Sorgue has plenty to offer with its antiques, markets and water wheels, it is surrounded by a plethora of Provencal places of interest. Isle sur la Sorgue is in the Vaucluse known for Roman heritage, papal legacy, perched villages and natural beauty.

Orange has the finest Roman amphitheatre in Europe, still possessing its original stone wall which allows it to hold many theatrical events including France’s oldest music festival each year in June. Vaison-la-Romaine is one of the best preserved Roman towns in Provence. The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, surrounded by lavender fields, is a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture and is steeped in history. The features of Avignon, the capital of Vaucluse, include the Palais des Papes where the Roman popes lived during the 14th century and the famous half Pont d’Avignon which extends into the walls surrounding Avignon. Rampart walls were built for defense at the time as were the numerous perched villages like Roussillon, with its bewitching red and gold cliffs, Gordes, whose houses seem piled on top of one another and Seguret, which clings to the striking Dentelles de Montmirail. The Vaucluse’s most significant landmark is Mont Ventoux whose peak is snow capped in winter for skiing and allows for hiking/cycling in summer. The Luberon has its own natural, mountainous beauty. The powerful spring, the Fountaine de Vaucluse, is the start (although no-one has found the exact source) of the Sorgue river on which our ‘Isle’ sits so peacefully.

While these are some of the highlights of Vaucluse, you don’t have to venture too much further before you come across other well known places in Provence like the Cote d;Azur/ Riviera (Nice, Cannes, St Tropez), Marseille, Grasse, Aix en Provence, Arles and the Carmague, to name but just a few.

Next June (22-26), we take another limited number tour group to France in search of properties to purchase and this time we will be touring in and around our place in Provence. If you are interested in joining us, click here.

Also our new regional e-guide has details about this and other regions.

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