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L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

Should you fancy a short break away, a long weekend perhaps, somewhere easy to get to, with wonderful food, pretty streets for wandering and endless antique shops for dipping in and out of, I know just the place.

L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a vintage lover’s dream. I’ve never seen so many antique shops in one place!

Stroll through town, along the river banks and enjoy the cool breeze floating off the water.

Green dress // Basket // Espadrilles

You’ll find new places to explore around every corner.

The streets and river banks are lined with cafés and antique shops.

And the whole town burbles with the gentle sound of running water.

Choose a café for a simple breakfast, the one with the most French customers is usually your best bet.

Before continuing on foot.

If you were to stay a weekend there would be no need for a car, there are more than enough restaurants, shops, galleries and museums to keep you entertained.

Don’t even think about leaving town without visiting Maison Jouvaud.

The most incredible patisserie-clothes-interiors-haberdashery-shop-café.

It’s essentially a candy shop for kids and grownup alike.

We ran wild, stocking up on baby bits and homeware, with a few pastries thrown in for good luck.

You’ll find it on the edge of town, right here, and as you walk back towards the centre, you’ll find a hundred and one antique shops, all offering something slightly different.

Take your time, pop in to a few, everyone is utterly charming, more than happy for you to have a look, or to arrange a shipping container home should you need one!

In between some of the higher end shops you’ll find little restaurants dotted around.

But we strolled right on by, with a particular destination in mind.

Le Jardin du Quai.

The most heavenly garden, hidden away behind an unimposing door right next to a busy road.

Step through and you’ll enter a new world.

A cool, calm garden, away from the crowds and hubbub outside.

With a menu set every day by the French chef from Disney’s Ratatouille, who will come out, introduce himself and his labrador, and treat you like old friends should you come more than once.

We chose a table shaded by vines, where we could cool off with wine and Lily could snooze happily.

There’s something so wonderfully freeing about a set menu.

Perhaps its like being a child, eating whatever mum brings… you don’t have to put too much thought into it, as everything’s delicious.

We finished off a long, lazy meal with pudding and espressos.

Ok, some of us just had water!

Before heading home in the late afternoon to stretch out beside the pool.

Strolling hand in hand through the antique shops, promising to return again.

Which we did, lots!

Next time I’d like to stay in the town itself, so if you can recommend a little boutique hotel, I think we’d all like to hear about it…

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