French connections: two picturesque towns hosting antiques fairs

France remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for UK residents. If you want to combine an antiques/vintage buying trip with a holiday in either Provence or the Haute-Savoie this month, then a visit to two of the regions’ most attractive towns might feature high on the itinerary.

One of these hosts a well-known biannual antiques fair and the other offers a monthly brocante. Riverside setting Twice a year, at Easter and in August, the picturesque town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, near Avignon in Provence, hosts a five-day antiques fair, which launched in 1966 with just 14 exhibitors. It runs alongside the River Sorgue and in the winding streets. For a small town, it has a high density of antiques, design and vintage shops plus contemporary art galleries grouped in ‘villages’. Now called the International ...