Treasure hunting at Sunday market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
When I come to a new place I always try to visit local markets, no matter whether these are food, fish, flea or antique ones. A market for me is an excellent opportunity to learn more about habits and tastes of people, make great pictures and an endless source of inspiration and new ideas. Therefore you may find in my blog photos of market places almost from all places I have ever been.
Symbol of Provence, cicada (le cigal).
Another symbol of the region – the lavender and all type of stuff which you may produce with it.
Visiting Sunday market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a special event. First of all because the entire town is transformed in to one big open-air market place on Sunday morning. The merchants install their stands on every corner, on every tiny square and narrow street, so you need to squeeze through the crowd, balance with your purchases between stands, kids, dogs and passersby. In exchange, all your senses will be rewarded with the fountain of flavours, colours, textures and tastes!
A small pouch of salt from Camargue can be both good memory of your trip and a useful and tasteful accompaniment at your kitchen.
People say that the olive tree grows very slowly and it takes centuries for it to get one meter in the diameter.
It is time to go to the food raws. The nougat.
Provençal sausages with olives, nuts, walnuts, paprika and herbs.
Olive oil. Of course!
Do you like olives as much as I do?
Cantaloup melons from Cavaillon are the most famous melons in France and, of course, a symbol of Provance. Oh, I can make a long list of my favourite recipes with this melon! Fresh flesh of the juicy melon is the great start of the day and the excellent natural detox; the half of the melon with the Parma ham and several drops of balsamic sauce and couple leaves of basil. Mm-m, I can continue and continue, you’d better stop me!
You will laugh, but here is another gastronomic symbol of Provence – garlic (l’ail). There is no recipe in the local cuisine without a clove or two of garlic.
Can you imagine a French market without cheese? Me – no!
Oh, that smell of freshly baked baguette and bread with olives, tomatoes. basil, nuts and fine herbs!
These shoes are in the fashion in 2014-2015 season. You may find them everywhere, even on the marketplace in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
When I become old lady I will live in Province, wear coloreful dresses, funny hats and, of course, I will do my Saturday shopping at the market with a bag like this.
As I have already mentioned in my another post, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is also famous for its antique shops.
Indeed, over the past thirty years, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become the capital of antiques, with many antique dealers located in the town. There are many galleries and shops all around the town and a large flea market every Sunday.
Every year there are two major antiques fairs held in the town. One is on Easter weekend and the second one is on 15th August. They hosts about 800 exhibitors who set up their stands throughout the town. The Isle-sur-la-Sorgue fairs are among the biggest in Europe.
Although, if you are not a professional antique collector, be careful while negotiating the price of the item. It is proved fact that the merchants may profit on a lack of knowledge of the buyer and sell replicas at the price of original item.
Even if you are not in to antique stuff at all, it is pleasure to walk through all these galleries and stands and look at the ancient objects. Each time I can’t stop imagining the life of people of that epoch!
Just look at this magnificent frames. I definitely need a couple.
Great deco idea!
Another shop with contemporary art objects, bijou and hand-made shoes.
Other posts about l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and May holidays in Provence:
Insider’s tips: L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue