Monday, April 23, 2012

Sounds of the Sorgue

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 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.
Enjoy the sounds of the Sorgue!


  1. I've been following your Provence odyssey with interest. I know it only from books and photos. And you saw the Millau Viaduct! I am ashamed to say that we have seen it in the flesh only once, when it was being built, and have never seen it in its finished state. No excuse. Looking forward to more photos and descriptions.

  2. Thank you very much indeed for your kind words (via Vanessa)about The Lantern! Greatly appreciated.

    This is a lovely post - and the river really IS that colour! You might be interested in this: