At the entrance of the Verdon Gorges, Moustiers hangs like a pendant from the rock-face soaring above. This cheerful little town scattered either side of a waterfall is surmounted by a fine 12th-century bell tower. Moustiers has been associated with pottery sine 1676, when the clerissy brothers opened their faience factory. Delicate earthenware, hand painted with comical and grotesque figures has since achieved worldwide success.
The stronghold of the lords of Les Baux sits like an eagle nest on a rocky spur. The medieval citadel and ruined 10th-century chapel remain, along with some renaissance palaces including the hotel des porcelets. Best to visit at sunset after the tourists have gone and the birds are returning to their nests.
Fountaine de Vaucluse
From deep in a circular hollow, springs one of the most powerful natural spring. It pumps out 2.5 million cubic m ( 55 million gallons) of water a day, giving birth to the river Sorgue. It is a spectacular setting for a very lovely village, made even more romantic by the Italian poet, Petrarch, who lived here in the 14th-century. the village also celebrates its most famous inhabitant with a museum in one of the houses claimed to have been his. It also has two museums about World War II and the other on speleology ( caves & caving).
Le Roussillon is perched beautifully above a quite extraordinary landscape. The mining of ochre and subsequent erosion have sculpted the red- and- gold earth into cliffs, canyons and weird shapes.
L’Isle sur La Sorgue
More than 200 hundred shops make this small town France’s most important antiques and second- hand center after Paris . Grouped into seven centers, most are open Saturday to Monday, with a market on Sunday morning. Unexpected treasures can be found, from knick-knacks to large pieces of furniture.
Travel with us to Provence in the Fall of 2016.Provence. Fall 2016