This little area of Provence is so dense with things to do and see that it’s almost overwhelming. If the rest of southern France is half as full one could spend years exploring. Of course that means return trips, not the worst thing. Everywhere one goes there is something else in the “neighborhood” worth seeing and all of this is 1 hour or less from where we are staying near Le Thor (or L’Isle Sur la Sorgue). So starting with that closest neighborhood the Sorgue is a river that lies between the Alps and the Rhone River with its source the biggest spring in France.
Because the lavender is in full bloom, a trip to the Abbaye de Senanque was an appropriate stop and in the “neighborhood” is the beautiful hill town of Gordes. We did not stop there but the view from the road was spectacular. So was the Abbaye. This was the only pocket that we really felt the oppressiveness of too many tourists. Unfortunately Gordes has been discovered by movie stars and now all the rest.
The water from the Pont du Garde was destined for the city of Uzes, a medieval city mostly not on the tourist radar so a quiet stroll around led to some lovely surprises and lastly, Nimes has another almost totally intact arena that is in restoration.