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The pretty little city of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, located between Pernes and Cavaillon, renowned for its antiques shops and Provençal markets, is watered by several branches of the river Sorgue which springs up 8 km eastwards at the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse resurgence. See HERE. Only once a year, on the first August Sunday morning, the ‘floating market’ takes place in the small town’s heart. We like this colourful show for beside the possibility of purchasing local products, it’s a great opportunity to take fine photos. What’s more picturesque than those ‘stallholders’, in their loveliest traditional attire, gliding slowly, silently and with elegance in their narrow small boats, the nego-chins? Here are photos we took in 2007 (see HERE), 2008 (see THERE) and 2010. If you recognize yourself on my blog and wish to receive free watermarkless pics, drop me a line (link above).
The small city is very quiet under this early morning summer sun.
At ten on the dot, the small boats begin to move and they come to you when you hail the merchants. The pics speak better than the words and I let you admire.
The nego-chins (drown-dog) are not very stable frail barques. Beware of capsizing, but the water is neither deep nor very cold and a good bath is rather pleasant in this season! Thanks to all the participants of this pretty show, and don’t miss the next issue. Huberaime