Sunday, September 13, 2009

L'isle sur la Sorgue flea market

Five of us piled into the car today to attend the flea market (antiques and second-hand items) in L'isle sur la Sorgue.
This town is famous for its market, first organized in 1966 by a small group of families. Today the event attracts a large crowd; even in September, we had to park quite a distance from all the action and hoof-it into town. Had we visited during the summer months, I don't know if we would have found parking at all.
You'll find the usual assortment of used, vintage items, farming utensils, lace and fabrics, towels and table cloths, jewelry, African beads and artifacts, and genuine antiques as well.
I really enjoy attending flea markets in other countries because they offer an honest glimpse into the lives of local families. Their personal history is laid out on the table for all to see... and you can take the opportunity to pick up some very nice articles for souvenirs or artwork.
If you have the opportunity to visit France in the future, I hope you'll take time during your vacation to check out a local flea market--if for no other reason than to watch the people, an international crowd. You can also practice your French, try bargaining with the vendors, and taste the local specialties.
L'isle sur la sorge has over 200 art galleries and antique stores and some great restaurants and outdoor bistros with live bands. The town plays host to two international fairs (Easter and Aug. 15) each year.


justaskanna said...

great place to visit if you are ever in Provence, and the sun does always shine!!

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