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Back in the South of France to do a garden lay-out before the spring arrives, I thought I’d take advantage of a slow Sunday to slip away to one of my favourite antique markets in L’isle sur la Sorgue.

This town in Provence lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau, and is surrounded by the river Sorgue.  L’isle sur la Sorgue means ‘the island in the Sorgue’.  The mossy canals meander through the ancient narrow streets, with small bridges everywhere to cross from one street to another. Magnificent mansions have been converted into art galleries, beautiful restaurants under the plane trees, and almost 300 permanent antique dealers, that nearly doubles with visiting dealers on Sundays.  I love going on Sundays, because then there’s also one of the biggest Provencal markets.  It can get very busy in summer, but it’s by far my favourite town for a spot of antique shopping – well, mostly window shopping, the prices are generally astronomical.  Like Peter Mayle said:  “The only thing you can’t get in L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a bargain.”

I just want to move into this shop!

Just adore this handpainted screen

A well deserved lunch under the trees after a long day of shopping!