The medieval town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, near Avignon, is one of the most visited places in Provence.
Even without its large biannual brocantes, dozens of antiques
and interiors galleries, a weekly Sunday market, combining a food
market, flea and antiques market, and a monthly book market, it's a
The brocante has been running for nearly 50 years, started in
1966 by René Légier which set off all the above. The tourist
website says that, when it opened, this innovation "set a new
economic direction, a new beginning for a town of fishermen, wool
and paper manufacturers, farmers - all of which in turn will almost
The first of the year's lively brocantes, selling quilts, French
crockery and almost everything really, is over Easter, this year
from Friday to Monday April 18-21. It runs all round the town, but
especially in Gautier Park.
There are around 200 exhibitors including
Brits Kate Dickinson, selling English
silver-plated ware, and Karen Day with gardenalia,
both now resident in France, for whom these brocantes are
Some 80,000 visitors at Easter and 120,000 during the August
brocante explain why.
Best to ignore or accept author Peter Mayle's - A Year in
Provence - comment: "The only thing you can't get in
L'Isle -sur-la-Sorgue is a bargain."
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