SUNDAY : COUSTELLET - ISLE SUR LA SORGUE - FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE
The morning is dedicated to two important markets,
one in Coustellet (only from April to October) wich is a farmer's market
and the other one in Isle sur la Sorgue mainly for antique lovers.
Coustellet is a small village located
at the cross roads of important communication ways between Cavaillon
and Apt, at the bottom of the Luberon mountain, in the heart of a great
vegetable producing area. Every local products are to be found in Coustellet
: meat, fish, bread, olives, tapenade, honey and conserves, herbs and
spices, cheese, goat cheese, flowers, oils and wines, ready-to-eat rotisserie
chickens, Provencal fabrics and house wares; clothes, the perfect straw
hat or straw basket to take to the markets, and much else besides.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is one of those
places in Provence that one has to see.
Its colors are nature's green and the bright reflection of the water
shining from the several canals running through its center. The river
Sorgue surrounds the city as if to hug it. Walking along the canals
you will notice how they run between the narrow ancient streets. There
are little bridges to cross and great wheels to look at with mossy blades
turning in the river. Long ago, the silk and paper industries used those
great wheels in the river for manufacturing their local products.
The town worse a visit for itself and antique lovers and art collectors
will be gratified by the nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second
hand shops here. l'Isle sur la Sorgue is actually the capital of antique
shops in the south of France.
On Sunday there is full brocante (knick-knack) market
along the shores of the Sorgue with a festive ambience. This day, more
antique shops are open and other antique dealers coming from elsewhere
display their objects all over the city.
Fontaine de Vaucluse
It is a medieval village tucked in a "closed valley"
(= vaucluse) at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de
Vaucluse. The key feature of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the truly amazing
and unique sight of the high and steep cliff where the river Sorgue
used to gush up out of the ground (not these last years). (15 min. walk)
But a few meters down, the river takes it sources from many springs.
Then, the river settles down to a wide expanse in front of dams and
waterwheels, passing under the bridge at the center of the village.
The banks of the river are lined with overhanging trees, parks, houses
with lovely gardens.
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you
many things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, to taste
local products or just to breathe the fabulous scents of the provencal
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
8:45 Stroll on the market of Coustellet
10:00 Visit Isle sur la Sorgue and its huge market including flea market
Lunch in Isle sur la Sorgue or Fontaine de Vaucluse
02:00 Walk along the banks of the river to reach the spring of Fontaine de Vaucluse
03:00 Drive back
04:00 Drop off
The schedule can be changed depending on the arrival/departure times of your ship or according to your wish if you stay in a hotel.