My trip to scenic southern France centered around the small town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue located in Provence near the well known city of Avignon. Provence is a photographer’s dream. I’ve made several trips to this area and still uncover hidden gems every time I go. Seems that anywhere you look is a potentially beautiful photograph begging to be taken.
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a quaint walkable little 12th century town well known for its antique shops. It is completely surrounded by the beautiful sparkling clear waters of the river Sorgue with countless water mills that still operate.
You can usually find an open air market any day of the week, either in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or in one of the nearby towns typically offering a wide variety of fresh produce, cheeses, sausages, pâté or other daily offerings.
To add to the allure of this beautiful little town, the river’s edge is lined with shops, delightful waterside café’s, and ice cream parlors.
If I’m not already out shooting by sunrise, my days typically start with a visit to the pâtisserie for a chocolate croissant and then off to Café de France for a cappuccino. From there, I’d pick a direction and head out for the day visiting the tiny centuries old villages that pepper Provence. Frequently I’ll use mid-days to scout landscapes and then I’ll plan my return for a time of day that the light is more suitable for those photographs I feel have potential.
Each day I’d find myself exploring a new village, each with its own personality, scenic landscapes, history, and vineyards. Ah yes, vineyards. And there are plenty to visit in the Rhone Valley with Châteauneuf-du-Pape being one of my favorites and one of the more well known.
One of my journeys took me to the most delightful town of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. This is where the river Sorgue mysteriously flows from an unknown source. Even the famous Cousteau family couldn’t find it. But it’s the basin where Petrarch lived that caught my affection. The relics of the old château and the river that surrounds it had an ethereal quality that slowed the heart rate and calmed the body.
Not sure I really wanted to leave.
Please stay tuned for new fine art photos from this adventure and visit www.JimmyWilliamsFineArt.com for all my photos from past trips.