Tours of Provence are not complete without seeing one small town: L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a medieval town located on five islands that span five branches of the Sorgue River (from which it receives its name). Originally known simply as “Isla” in 1126, the name kept changing and evolving. After Isla came “St-Laurent,” “then L’Isle,” next “L’Isle en Venayssin,” and finally “L’Isle sur la Sorgue.” The river first provided a natural defense for the town and protected it from invaders, and later became a major source of industry. L’Isle sur la Sorgue has been nicknamed the “Venice of the Comtat.” “Venice”

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Kubina) France is famous for its great restaurants, which draw many thousands of travelers every year. It’s not a coincidence that visitors to France often notice and enjoy visiting the large and plentiful local fresh food markets. The best chefs depend on those markets for buying their ingredients daily. One famous market, the Rungis food market, in Rungis, France, is the world’s largest fresh food market. Its colorful offerings and fresh, high-quality products make it the perfect destination for a traveler who loves food and cooking. In fact, people come to France from all over the

7 Tips for Shopping Europe’s Best Markets   August 2014, Paris—The most colorful shopping in Europe is found at its open-air markets. From London’s Portobello market, where you can find everything from antiques to fresh produce and clothing; to Isle sur la Sorgue in Provence, known for its antique and produce ; the outdoor markets of Europe offer fun shopping experiences to locals and tourists alike. Visitors should remember some things before visiting Europe’s marketplaces. This list, provided by local market tour experts at Coloratour.com, will help you make the most of your shopping adventures in Europe’s best markets. Arrive at the right

The Best Macarons in Paris In recent years, these lovely little pastries from France have become a big hit in many other countries. Many of our tour guests want to know more about them and ask where to find the best macarons in Paris.  In Paris, a city known for being a pastry-lover’s paradise, the first day of spring has been dubbed “Jour du Macaron,” or Macaron Day, celebrated with free macarons at select pastry shops around the city. This special day is about more than your sweet tooth: to be given a free macaron, you must give a donation

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 1:00 PM ETBusiness Wire PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– New European tour company Coloratour.com, offering specialized private tours in Europe for small groups and families, has launched just in time for Europe’s busiest tourist season. Coloratour.com offers a wide array of private tours in English focused on the specific interests of its upscale tour guests, ranging from cooking to art, from history to winemaking, from flea markets to fabric. The company specializes in private tours of Europe’s diverse marketplaces. The private tours are led by licensed docents, the best local experts available, who serve as master storytellers and engaging guides. Docents