Trips - Itinerary - Antiques Buying Trip to Provence
Note: We like to stay flexible so the itinerary is subject to change based on weather, interests of the group, and day of the week.
You’ll be picked up at the Avignon train station by our adorable driver, Christophe and escorted to Les Murets, your enchanting home-away-from-home in Provence. We’ll spend the first afternoon and evening at home, getting settled, talking about our wants and needs and most importantly, eating a delicious meal and going to bed early.
Head to the St. Remy for some retail shopping at one of the largest weekly markets in the region. This has always been a favorite market and you’ll be able to find bags,scarves, linens, lavender, hats, shoes, clothes and just about anything else you can think of, all along the cobblestone streets of this charming village. We’ll have lunch at our favorite local restaurant, stop off at a winery on the way home, and have another great dinner back at home.
This time we’ll drive north to a little village in the mountains that turns into an antiques and collectibles mecca twice a year. This fair attracts hundreds of dealers from across Europe and the treasures can be intense. We have found everything from antique urns to 1960’s wicker chairs, with a ton of smalls and art in between. And talk about charming! This little medieval town is a photographer’s dream, with picture perfect vignettes at every turn. We love it, and can’t pass it up.
Another fun packed day: This one at l’Isle sur la Sorgue, just minutes from Les Murets. This town, which already boasts more antique and design stores than any town in France other than Paris, celebrates Easter weekend with a huge fair that closes down the streets and sprawls all over town.
Wait: Another fair? Sacre bleu! We'll take you to another little-known secret fair outside of Avignon in the morning, and then have lunch in this historic town which housed the papacy during the XIVth century when Avignon was part of the Holy Roman Empire.
As this is Easter Sunday, we’ll offer the option to attend a church service in the morning, and then head to the farmer's market in nearby Coustellet, which draws crowds from all over the region for its selection of fresh produce and one-of-a-kind items. We'll have a surprise afternoon, depending on the group, which will either include some group cooking in the kitchen of Les Murets, a leisurely hike or a trip back to Isle sur la Sorgue for a final day of antique shopping.