L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town with a population of about 20,000. It's less than 20 miles east of Avignon and is just a 15 minute drive from our September 2001 gîte in Cavaillon. At L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Sorgue river, which is 20 miles long, splits into numerous forks and canals. Those water courses served as defensive features and also carried commercial traffic and powered mills early on. The town is known for its many antique shops. When the weather is fine it's a picturesque place to have a drink or a meal outdoors at a sidewalk café.
I haven't talked about the weather here in Saint-Aignan for a week or two now. Why? Because it hasn't been very extraordinary, and I'm glad about that. While southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, and even France's Mediterranean coast) has been experiencing intense heat waves, our high temperatures here in the Loire Valley region have been mild and our low temperatures have been on the chilly side. I'm wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved corduroy shirt on my morning walks with the dog and my morning supermarket shopping. Last week we had more than an inch of steady, modeerate rain, which we really needed.
I've been noticing a lot of people wearing shorts and t-shirts at SuperU, which is very close to the Beauval zoo. I'm assuming that they are tourists from other parts of the country and other countries who didn't think the weather would be chilly here at this time of year. But almost every summer we have a spell of cool weather like this, with the exception of the summers of 2021 and 2022, which were extremely hot and dry. In all of July, which ends today, we've had only 5 or 6 days with temperatures close to or slightly above above 90º F.