There is a lot to sniff at the famous Sunday L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market! Baguettes are stacked up and leave crusty crumbs for me to lick up. A man in an apron sliced up huge wheels of cheese while trying to explain the various types of Provençal salami to my mom. She bought some Comté cheese, wild boar salami, and pork salami with figs. I never eat my food when traveling, so I know my mom and dad will share with me to make sure I don’t go hungry.
Brightly colored produce spilled out of bins and onto tables. Chickens were roasting on a spit. Macaroons in every color and flavor smelled delicious. I was just waiting for anyone to drop even a little morsel!
We weaved along the island’s tiny streets built on the five branches of the Sorgue River. Up and over bridges we went, by spice vendors selling Herbes de Provence and dried lavender, lingering near the moss-covered water wheels along the riverbed fed by a spring in case I might like a drink.
Luckily we arrived early. It starts to get quite crowded and I don’t like when I feel as though I might get stepped on. I spotted this cat that had the right idea; escaping the crowds by napping on the roof of an archway over the street.
Know Before You Go
The L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market takes place on Thursday and Sunday from 9am – 1pm with the Sunday market being one of the largest in Provence. Free parking is available on the edges of the town, but fill up quickly. Paid parking is also available.