The spring of the SorgueHarald | September 17, 2008
Solar Tour 2008 – Day 11: Yesterday when we left Roussillon we tried to reach Camping La Coutelière close to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse along the river Sorgue in time, but when we arrived the reception was already closed. The owners of the camp ground where still there but were not at all helpful. Instead of letting us in and doing the paper work in the morning, they just sent us away. Unfortunately our ASCI camping guide doesn’t provide opening times of receptions, so this was the second time on this trip that we found ourselves in front of closed doors.
A bit further on in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse we were lucky to get a free spot on a large and almost full camper park. Not exactly what we had been looking for but good enough for one night.
Originally we didn’t plan to visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, which has to reputation of being a popular tourist spot with well over a million visitors a year, but since we were there we gave it a try early in the morning.
A short walk from the ancient riverside village the river Sorgue is gushing out of the ground deep below a massive cliff. Depending on the amount of rainfall on the Plateau de Vaucluse this is sometimes one of the most powerful natural springs in the world. Back in the village the tourist shops had all opened up and it was time for us to move on after buying fresh bread and taking care of the waste water.