01 Mar Provence: Fontaine De Vaucluse
From east to west, we had based in Moustier St Marie, Luberon then Fontaine de Vaucluse. I picked this village to stay before leaving Provence mainly due to its short driving distance to Avignon and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. For the last couple of days in Provence, we only wanted to chill out and relax, Fontaine de Vaucluse was the perfect base for us to explore the nearby villages or simply stroll around the area next to the hotel we were staying.
The source of natural green Sorgue River was from Fontaine de Vaucluse – scroll back up you see the large pool tucked in the mountain. Located at the bottom of high rocky cliffs, a deep pool of seemingly still water is actually the largest spring in France, also 5th largest in the World. The increase flow of underground water gushes up from the spring and a rolling swell of water flows down the cracks of the rocks. The river settles down to a wide expanse in front of dams and waterwheels, passing under the bridge at the centre of the village, and then flowing on downstream as a lovely river.
The village was incredibly small and the walk to the fountain was only about 20mins. Didn’t seem like there’s a lot to do if you are looking for activities to kill time. We took a path on the other side of the River and went for hiking, the sounds of the river and birds were like music to our ears, pretty amazing symphony of nature.
Have you heard of Cavaillon…probably from the shopping channel commercial of Cindy Crawford raving some magical anti-aging cream? The anti-aging essence is taken from the melons grown in Cavaillon?? Anyways, just wanna bring up that Cavaillon melons are something you have to try in Provence. We drove by a small produce stall and stopped by to pick up some fruits. The young handsome French owner was very kind, offering small portion for us to buy since we were tourists. We got a melon and some freshly picked strawberries, oh my goodness….they were beyond fresh, sweet and juicy …and they were very cheap comparing to the market.
I’m not sure if Fontaine de Vaucluse is a great place to visit for everyone because it’s quiet with almost nothing to do. But we LOVE this place, love it’s secluded and not busy as other large Provençal towns.
南法小鎮Fontaine de Vaucluse 有名叫法國九寨溝，有名在於Sorgue River 河水反映海草豐富的顏色，夏天整條河都是翠綠色。河水分支走過鎮裏的水車，水流橫跨好幾個小鎮，風景漂亮到不行。河的源頭來自這裡的地下水泉，別看少這山洞裡看似小小的水池，每年春秋季節，地下水泉會湧上來，強勁水流會流進河床，河川就是這樣形成的。
水泉是小鎮的一大景點，其他就純粹是悠哉欣賞周遭寧靜的環境。我們最後在南法的幾天都是住在這裡，主要是因為這裡來往附近的Avignon, Arles, L’lsle sur la Sorgue 都很方便。我們開車經過附近賣果菜的小檔攤，小帥哥人很好，知道我們是遊客，酌量賣一點給我們試試，我們買了附近Cavaillon出產有名的哈密瓜跟當天早上才採摘的草莓。味道當然無敵新鮮，甜度像蜜糖似的一級棒！總點是這路邊小攤賣的價錢比菜市場賣便宜好多，店主也比市場的和善很多。假如你們開車經過這些路邊攤，不妨跟他們直接購買。