Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fountain Vaucluse: The Town

8k away form L'Isle Sur La Sorgue is the source of the Sorgue, a spring that is said to be the 3rd largest in the world. We expected to find a big spring with a creek running down the hill. Instead, the spring emerges from the base of a huge cliff...and the town at its base is at least as interesting as the spring...
In the little town, an 11th century church that is far more
interesting than most Romanesques


Because it incorporates not just the design of
the Romans but some re-cycled Roman columns
as well


And some other carved blocks that might well have been
Celtic

But not this one; our ancestors were not doing this sort of
thing in the 11th century!

In the town, restaurants, shoppes, and hotels all around; 1.5
million visitors annually, barely noticed in some of the guides

And what's this column?!

A tribute to the 14th century Italian humanist poet Petrarch, who
did some time here...

Founder of humanism, first modern mountain climber, and
many other things (he coined the term "Dark Ages")...I
remember reading his ascent of Mt. Ventoux when I was a
freshman in college...and understanding little...the "inward"
turn of humanism was his...












































































His house; now a museum



















700th anniversary

Pretty town



Looking up high toward the cliff, caves


Ruins up high


Now back from seeing the spring: the wheels, which powered
seven giant paper mills along this river, centuries ago

One remains which has been made into a museum





And after the museum, a long gallery of shoppes

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Interesting, interesting town.