It is our last day visiting our good friends Hugh and Margo at their beautiful home in Provence. We leave for Lisbon this afternoon and in one sense we are a little sad to go. On the other hand, we are keen to set out on our own on a new adventure.

Naturally, we had to spend a long lunch with our friends at an outdoor cafe in L’Isle Sur-la-Sorgue. This is a gem of a town with an amazing history.

The small town of L’Isle Sur-la-Sorgue is famous for its many antique shops and hosts antique markets most Sundays. It has many waterside cafés and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other. Its many attractive water wheels throughout the town are still in working order.

Lunch was fun, but now it was time to go to Marseille to board a plane for Lisbon.


We arrived at the airport in Marseille on time but unfortunately, our plane did not.

There was a two-hour delay in departure and unfortunately, this meant that we arrived at the airport in Lisbon at almost 10 p.m. We recovered our baggage and then after some delay we got a cab to our hotel in the Castillo area of Lisbon. This is one of the older neighbourhoods in the city and it is steeped in Moorish influence. We chose this area on account of it’s historical and architectural significance and because it was great for walking around.

We arrived at the Hotel Portugal and don’t you know it, the bar was still open. After a couple of glasses of wine we retired and looked forward to our adventure tomorrow.

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