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From Silver to Shrek – Antiques Art and You in L’Isle sur La Sorgue

I can’t help it – I love any opportunity to fuddle around an Antiques & Brocante market in France and the Antiques Art and You Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It takes place in L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, and it’s now becoming a fixture in our Summer calendar.

Continue reading here for details on Julie’s visit to this annual fair (2017 marked the 102nd year). This event is for antique lovers and those who browse flea markets for treasures. L’Isle sur la Sorgue has over 250 permanent antique and brocante shops. Still, on two weekends a year (Easter and August 15th long weekend), the streets are filled with temporary stands – antiques, art, prints, fabrics, vintage collectables and more.

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Antiques, art, waterwheels, and shopping are among the many reasons to visit the “Venice of Provence” – L’Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue. The busy town on the Sorgue River was once a fishing village. Here are our top ideas for spending a day in L’Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue exploring the boutiques and galleries and taking in the sites.

The old centre of L’Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue is pedestrian-friendly and limited only to essential traffic. However, are almost 2,800 spots, and all the parking lots are an easy walk from the core. While there is a mix of paid and free parking to choose from, space is at a premium on market days (Thursdays and Sundays), so plan accordingly.


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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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