I'll be leaving here this morning, traveling south to the Mediterranean to spend two days in Cassis. I'll miss the Sorgue! I hear it when my window is open; it's the reason this village exists. It emerges, fully running, clear and cold, from somewhere deep in the earth in a large grotto...an easy walk along the village riverfront. Even with our modern technology, scientists have not been able to determine the exact depth of the spring that becomes the Sorgue. All along the river, villages have harnessed its energy with water wheels. Here in Fontaine de Vaucluse, the water wheel powers a paper mill which has been in use since the 14th century. I'll share more about that in another post. For now just enjoy the river!
Yes, it really is this color! Turquoise in places, then brilliant green in others as you see the grasses growing on the river's bottom through its crystal-clear water.