France and USA 2008

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 14-20 June

We stayed a week in L'Isle, and visited many places. Click on the little map to get a larger version showing where we went.

L'Isle is a picturesque town, for once not on a hill top.†

Indeed, as the name suggests, it is on an island in the river Sorgue.*

With a number of interesting shops.... †

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Artichokes at L'Isle market.*

Musicians played in the street on market day.*

Roman remains at Glanum, just outside St-Remy-de-Provence.†

And the remains of a Roman aqueduct near Berbegal.†

After this cutting, the water went down a steep slope where the Romans had water wheels. The water then went on to Arles.†

The old hill village of Oppède which was abandoned.†

Oppède church.†

Old chapel in Oppède.†

Oppède village being gradually reoccupied.*

Inside Oppède church with restoration underway.*

And a cat in the village.*

Virgin and Child at Abbaye St-Hilaire.*

Bonnieux village.†

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the deceptively still looking pool where the Sorgue river comes out of the ground.*

The large volume of water produced is evident just downstream of the pool.*

Abbaye de Montmajour

Abbaye de Senaque*

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Pont du Gard.*

Pont du Gard from a distance, viewed by keen photographer.†
Marks made by French masons who came to Pont du Gard to learn about Roman masonry techniques.†
An old watermill just downstream of Pont du Gard, now used as a good hotel and restaurant. We had a refreshing beer under the umbrellas.†
Canoeists in the Gard.*


Go on to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

  *Copyright © 2008 Lynn Booth.  †Copyright © 2008 Nick Booth.