When in Provence ..... Antiques in l'Isle sur la Sorgue
L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a compact, medieval Provençal town built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue River. On Sundays (and during smaller markets on Thursdays) the streets of the old town is converted into one huge market selling farm produce, Provençal items such as pottery, linens and lavender and antiques making it the largest marchés aux puces (flea market) outside of Paris. Actually, after Paris and London, L'Isle sur la Sorgue is probably the third most important antique centre in Europe. Over 300 antique dealers from all over the world exhibit here on a permanent basis presenting an astonishing selection of antiques. So, arrive early on a Sunday morning, reserve a booking at one of the waterside restaurants and then spend the morning brocante hunting. It is fabulous.