South of France Trip

September 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

  I got back a couple of weeks ago from L'Isle sur la Sorgue, (Island in the Sorgue), in Provence, France, which proved to be very relaxing. I'd been in the area a couple of times before on photo trips, and had photographed the sunflowers and lavender fields in the surrounding countryside. This time however, was meant to be a complete holiday, and that's (mainly) how it turned out. The River Sorgue flows through and around the town, and there are many ancient waterwheels to be seen, which in the past were powered by the natural fast flow of the Sorgue for milling, textiles, and paper making. It was a good jumping-off point to visit many other places, too; Gordes, where the ancient Abbaye de Senanque nestles in the valley, and the monks grow their own lines of lavender in the grounds; Cassis, an ancient fishing village with its provencal pastel-coloured houses surrounding the harbour, and where a boat trip around the calanques provided me with many images of the massive white limestone rocks towering over the turqoise inlets below; and St Remy de Provence, where la Feria was taking place. I spent a great deal of time capturing images of the Capea, where young boys visiting from the school of bullfighting in Arles demonstrated their amazing skills and bravery against young bulls which seemed to know no limits. All in all, not an out and out photo trip, but really enjoyable - and I did manage to capture quite a number of landscape images, as well as several travel pictures which I'll upload to my website very soon.  


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