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L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a little town in Provence that is very famous for its Sunday market. In fact, its flea market is the largest outside Paris. Every Sunday morning, starting from 9am, the vendors start to set up the market. They sell local food products like olives, cheese, fruits and vegetables as well as clothes, antiques and so many more different items.
However, we came here on an even more special Sunday, the first Sunday of August, the day where the floating market takes place once a year.
We came early enough (if I remember right, we arrived around 10:30) to look for a parking after reading comments on the internet saying parking spaces are limited. We did succeed to find a space (a bit away from the town already) but it would have been difficult if we arrived any later.
When I reached the town, although I knew that it is a popular market, I didn’t realize that it would be that crowed. It was almost impossible to walk, let alone stay still for a few moment to actually look at some products. We did get some cheese and hams in the end, but that’s after a lot of pushing and elbowing.
For the flowing market, around a dozen small boats flow through the river canal while the locals on board will dress traditionally and sell different products. I would say that the event is more for the sake of tourists than an occasion to sell something… There were so many people along the river but I didn’t see anyone actually buying!
After all, besides all the craziness, it was actually quite a lovely town. If you walk away from the market, you would find the little river throughout the whole town and quite a few waterwheels along the canals as well.
So if you are in the area and especially if it is the first week of August, you should give the town a try. It is a really good way to spend a morning and it is always easy to find something to do afterwards in Provence.
Bon voyage à tous 🙂