L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue is a small village in Luberon renown for the multitude of antique shops, watermills and the Sorgue River that runs through the canals and natural beds of this quaint town.
Walking through L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, I quickly understood why this village has garnered such popularity, the beautiful mossy watermills, grand fountains and river that courses through the heart of town is a sight in itself. In medieval times, water was viewed as an important source of power, and one need only think of the moats that surround castles to be reminded of its significance. In fact, if anyone in the village sought to attack another, the first target would be their water well. If I extend that thought to L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, where the town is literally built on and around the Sorgue River, this village is indeed powerful.
The village is situated at the foot of Vaucluse plateau from which water flows from the bowls of its mountains, and sometimes gushes without warning. For hundreds of years, the primary source of commerce in L'Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue was fishing, in addition to silk, wool and paper manufacturing.
In more recent decades, L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue has become a destination for antique dealers, collectors and bargain hunters. Since 1966, the Foire Internationale Brocante Antiquites, the second largest antique fair in France, brings together hundreds of antique dealers to L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue over Easter weekend. Together everything from beautiful rare antique furniture to the most garish whatchamacallits are on exhibit.
However you need not visit during the big weekend to access the treasure trove, there are antique shops on nearly every corner of the town.
While perusing I encountered several beautiful pieces that captured my heart.
Perhaps one day when we move out of our small Manhattan apartment we can make room for this beautiful blue cabinet.
Something and everything to look forward to bringing back home someday!
Although I must admit in between viewing old treasures, I got distracted with a new love.
Le plus beau chat que j'ai trouvé en France! He is the most beautiful cat I encountered in France, you can just read through his eyes his warm and loving soul. I couldn't take him with me, but I am so happy to have this angelic photo of le beau chat!