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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue~ A Beautiful French Town Filled With Antiques

We began our day trip to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue fairly early. This is a good idea when attending antique markets so that you can get there before the good stuff is gone.

First, a quick trip to Madame Giuseppi’s patisserie (bakery) in Plan d’Orgon to pick up the worlds best sweet bread and espresso to get our motor’s running.

Isle sur la Sorge-Gorde 011-001 This charming town nestled upon the banks of the Sorgue river hosts a traditional food market as well as an antique market almost every Sunday. It is also famous for its antique shops and waterside cafes.

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We began at the temporary antique market. Rows upon rows of temporary vendors set out their wares.

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The tables are filled with furniture, art, dishes, crockery and of course antique linens.

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The stroll along the river was so lovely and peaceful.

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While crossing a bridge I looked down into the water and swore I saw a stone fragment of an ear. Perhaps a long ago Roman statue?

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On the other side of the bridge there is a traditional market held every Sunday as well. Here you can find soap, olive oil, cheese, vegetables and darling vendors tucking cherries behind their ears.

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After viewing both markets we found ourselves a bit peckish. So we had a light lunch before continuing on to the shops. There’s nothing like eating a lovely quiche in France.

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Afterwards we began walking in search of La Boutique de Francine. The front of the shop looks like this:

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The interior of the shop holds so many sweet secrets I almost didn’t know where to begin. It is the thrill of the hunt at its finest.

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Every little box and drawer is filled with antique buttons, trims and tons of luscious lace.

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Rows upon rows of handmade tablecloths, runners and curtains.

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My cousin Linda went in search of antique quilts. She was not disappointed as there was a very long table filled with quilted delights.

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It truly is treasure hunting at its finest. To be honest I was a bit overwhelmed at first.

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But then I began to see that the sumptuous velvets were color coded.

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All of the tapestries are folded in one corner near a dusty ladder.

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Yes, there is a method to Francine’s madness. When asking for dishtowels with an “EL” initial she went right to a certain section and found exactly what I was searching for.

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For the most part everything is marked with a price tag. I still think about the two fabrics on the left. So, so lovely.

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town I will happily return to. My dear cousin is once again in France as we speak gathering the paperwork to purchase her home I featured HERE.

Who would like to come with me?


Madame Giuseppi’s Patisserie

rte 570 Cavaillon
13750 Plan d’Orgon, France

La Boutique de Francine

1 Avenue Julien Guigue, 84800 L’ Isle sur la Sorgue , France
+33 4 90 38 55 81


GSGreatEscaper said...

Such beauty but it's part of the everyday way of life. Formidable, magnifique!

Marianne said...

OH, MY GOODNESS ! What an amazing overload of beauty! and... how is the move going in Ft Worth?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow, so much to see. You had such a fabulous trip.

Auntie Em said...

That antique shop is amazing but totally overwhelming on first look. I bet there were great treasures hidden among the stacks of beauties there.
Good luck to your cousin on her house buying. I am sure she will be looking for a little help from her decorating and design professional cousin. Great fun!
Hope you are having luck getting settled into your new home and community. :)

The Arts by Karena said...

Laura, what an amazing village and shop to peruse! I would want one of everything!
It is so exciting that your cousin is buying a home in France. My wish is that you will be able to visit often.
The Arts by Karena

Vel Criste said...

I never tire of seeing pictures from your trips Laura - they are not only beautiful but your posts are always so informative. :-)

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère Laura,

Aujourd'hui je pourrais vous dire que nous aurions pu nous rencontrer... Je vais de temps en temps à L'isle sur la Sorgues.
J'ai de bons souvenirs... Prendre le thé au bord de l'eau tout en admirant les canards qui jouent... allez chiner...
Une petite ville de Provence fantastique et que j'affectionne.
Merci pour le bel hommage que vous lui rendez dans ce très joli billet. Vos photos sont généreuses et pleines de charme.
Je suis certaine que vous avez fait de belles emplettes.

♡ Gros bisous ♡

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! That REALLY looks like my kind of place! I pinning this to my "to go" places!!

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

This is one of my favourite places on market days in all of France. We keep returning when ever we can. Bisous

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I have never been there, but I've heard a lot about it... And it seems from your post, it deserves its fame!