Before the autumn well and truly begins I thought I’d share some pictures from my summer holiday in France – on a vintage theme of course!
On the first full day of our holiday, my friend and I visited L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, while our other halves were testing their cycling fitness on Mont Ventoux. Given the almost 30 degree heat, wandering around a charming town famous for its antiques seemed a lot more appealing than cycling up a blustery mountain!A few different friends had recommended visiting the town knowing that I’m partial to vintage and antique items and the sheer number of stalls and shops certainly didn’t disappoint. We were lucky to find a parking space right in the centre of the town, so we began with a wander around some of the antiques shops and mini emporiums off the main street.This quirky shop had all sorts of plastic animals amongst its vintage items. I felt compelled to take a picture of the forlorn-looking donkey peeking out onto the street.
The pretty courtyard had a more luxury feel. The shops all around the courtyard were more like boutiques and they contained a high-end range of vintage and antique homewares. Although beautiful, most items were way out of our budget! It was fun to browse though.
After re-fuelling with some sweet pastry twists, we hit the market. Like many of the shops, the market was less flea and rather more fancy. These beautiful pieces of silver cutlery looked stunning. I didn’t dare touch them for fear of smudging them!
We managed to restrain ourselves but we both fell in love with some French vintage glasses. The ones I bought were the tiniest of the bunch and had a gorgeous peachy colour. Coincidentally, a few weekends later I spotted some matching glasses in an identical design but in three larger sizes. They were popular on Etsy and the whole set has already sold!
After having exhausted the markets, we treated ourselves to a leisurely late lunch at a riverside café. I’d recommend visiting the town not only for its market but also to wander around the narrow lanes soaking up the atmosphere. It might not be the best place to find a vintage bargain but it was certainly a great way to start our holiday!
If you want to see more of my pictures from the day, take a look at my Tumblr page