Head of the river

Fontaine de Vaucluse is a typical mountain town, narrow twisty streets, independent shops, plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants, but it has the added bonus of having the source of the R. Sorgue just along from the town centre.

There’s a bit of a path up to the bottom of the cliffs and then a scramble through a totally inefficient barrier, the town’s nod to the safety elves, and a scary (if like me you’re wearing flip-flops, holding a dog lead in one hand and a camera in the other) bit of scree on the downward approach to the cavern.

Amazingly, in the first 100 metres from the cavern the trickle is joined by at least 20 side streams and by the time you’re at the first café, about 50 metres further, the river is already about 6 metres wide and an absolute torrent. I stopped in the café for a cuppa (driving) and the noise of the water was incredible, but the air was much cooler and very refreshing. Further back towards the town centre I took a look at the old water mill that used to power a paper mill, been there since the 18th century, still works.

I was informed today by a local lady that the temperatures that we’re currently experiencing are unusually high for May. Normal is 22-23ᴼ and said she, that 34℃ is far too hot! ‘S great when all you have to do all day is potter around and drink the occasional G&T …

R Sorgue, the first 100 metres

The water mill and the fort

Oh, and eat the odd banana split …


Yeah, yeah, I know BB – Snugbury’s is better ice cream …

🙂 🙂 🙂

5 thoughts on “Head of the river

  1. I’m sure there is a law against showing photos of Banana Splits. If there isn’t, there should be. Such tantalising torment to inflict on your readers. 🙂

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