Thursday, October 9, 2008
The weatherman predicted sunny and clear skies today. Was he right? Nope, he was wrong, as usual. It was overcast, cloudy, and threatening to rain.
Regardless of the weather, we decided to proceed with our plans of visiting the small village of Mollégès about six kilometers from the farmhouse to have lunch. Upon arrival at Mas de Capoun restaurant www.masducapoun.fr we were told lunch was a sellout as they had closed the outdoor terrace and now only had seating inside. Too bad, as the menu looked appealing, and we had heard good things about the place. The owner was very cordial and said we should come back another time, but make reservations, as they are normally booked solid. We will probably go next week.
Plan two, we left Mollégès and drove to another town named, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Its nickname is the ‘Venice of Provence’ because of the canals and waterways throughout the city all deriving from the Sorgue River. At one time in history, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue had 70 working water wheels pressing grain and oil, manufacturing paper, silk and other textiles. Today, only nine wheels are left in the city, all idle.
For all the antique hunters, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a major haunt on the weekends with over 300 antique dealer stalls and many ‘brocante’ stores in the city.
We found a café on one of the waterways had lunch, and then strolled around browsing into windows and shops. Before heading back, we stopped at another café, had coffee and spent time watching the mallards dunk for food. They entertained us for a better part of an hour. It was time to head back as it was getting late into the afternoon.
Good news – the temperature today was 18⁰C or about 65⁰F. More good news, the Euro traded at €1.36 to the US dollar. In the spring the Euro traded at €1.60 to the US dollar.