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The Sunday Brocante at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue… in photos

June 4, 2017

Greetings dear readers and friends! We’re enjoying the long Pentecost weekend over here and thought it would be a nice time to share with you another great experience I had while visiting the Vaucluse a few weekends ago.

I had Sunday morning all to myself and it was quite difficult to decide how to spend my time with so many beautiful villages in the area. Then I remembered it was market day in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which made my choice very easy – to market, and brocante, I was headed.

It had been about three years since I’d visited Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, but those pretty images of the town were still in my mind. And that Sunday morning did little to disappoint.

Thankfully, I arrived early (around 9:15am), as by the time I left (about 10:30am) there was not a parking place in sight. This is one popular market, and with good reason. Not only do you have the “fruit & veg” side of the market – which also includes house wares, tablecloths, and lovely-smelling soaps from the Luberon (which make great gifts by the way) – there is the famous Isle-sur-la-Sorgue brocante and antiques market that happens every Sunday.

The brocante has been held for close to 40 years, and, as I learned from the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue tourist office site, it has “forged the identity” of the city – giving it an international acclaim. The market “innovated” Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, leading it in a different economic direction from a town that was know for its fishermen, wool-makers, and paper craftsmen.

I don’t pretend to know anything about objects / antiques, but what I do love is admiring them in all their cool and quirky forms.

I hope you enjoy these photos of my morning spent at the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue brocante, and above all, I hope you get a chance to visit one day yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marché à la brocante, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (all year)

Every Sunday, 8am-6pm

Avenue des 4 Otages

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

 

Antiques Art & You… The Biggest European Antiques Event

March 6, 2017

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, if there wasn’t reason enough to visit picture-perfect Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (where the Sorgue river just happens to run through the café & boutique-lined center of town) now you have two incredible dates in 2017 that are sure to get you packing.

Now in its 51st year, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is home to the biggest European Antiques and Brocante event – Antiques Art & You.

There are two dates for the event:  Easter Weekend, 13-17 of April, 2017 and the Weekend of the 15th of August, 2017.

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Surprisingly, most of the markets in Provence tend to be just as active in the autumn & winter months as they are during spring & summer. Admittedly, it’s hard to feel as enthusiastic without the glorious South-of-France sun illuminating your day, but there’s still plenty to get excited about on market morning. And we found much …

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