Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France, November 2021

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France, November 2021
A short day under the Vaucluse sun to (re) visit a city that I often crossed as a child to visit uncles or grandparents. What makes the charm of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are the canals that cross the city, the paddle wheels that turn nonchalantly … The weather is fine, the birds are singing, the people of Isles take advantage of the restaurant terraces or stroll in the streets of the past.
It is a city to see, to stop for a few hours, have a coffee near the Sorgue, visit the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame des Anges. You can then continue your way to the Fontaîne du Vaucluse, but this will be another adventure.
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes its name from the Sorgue which rises a few kilometers upstream in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. It is divided into multiple branches and canals that divide the city into several islands. For this reason, the city is sometimes nicknamed Venice Comtadine (by reference to the Comtat Venaissin, of which it was part).
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has housed for several centuries one of the four “quarries” Jews, that is to say the ghettos where the papal administration forced the Pope’s Jews to live. These quarries were suppressed when the Comtat Venaissin and Avignon were attached to France. During the French Revolution, the town was attached to the Bouches-du-Rhône in April 1792, before the creation of the Vaucluse department in August 1793.
For almost 40 years now, the flea market has forged the identity of the city of Iceland, ensuring it international notoriety. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is, after Saint-Ouen and London, the third European platform for the antiques trade. Over time, antique and decorative shops and art galleries have developed.
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