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Find an­tiques-shop­ping heaven across the Chan­nel with our edit of France’s best bro­cantes

In­spired by our Gal­lic an­tiques spe­cial? If this is­sue has le! you dream­ing of rus­tic con"t pots and vin­tage toile de Jouy, then per­haps what you need is an an­tiques-hunt­ing trip to one of France’s trea­sure-"lled bro­cantes. Carolyn Boyd rounds up six of the best…

Con­sid­ered by many as the brocante and an­tiques cap­i­tal of France, this pic­turesque Provençale town is set along two branches of the River Sorgue, its wealth built on the pro­duc­tion of silk and wool, aided by its many wa­ter­mills. The town first hosted an­tiques fairs in the mid-1960s, and to­day’s trea­sure-hunters are drawn by the chance to find ev­ery­thing from pé­tanque sets to zinc-topped bars (should you be vis­it­ing with a lorry).

There are a num­ber of an­tiques ‘vil­lages’, where deal­ers and brocante sell­ers are clus­tered in pur­pose-built en­claves, the old­est of which is the Vil­lage des An­ti­quaires de la Gare – an old water­mill where you’ll find more than 100 deal­ers. Sun­day is the time to browse the flea mar­kets along the river’s quay­sides and soak up the buzzing at­mos­phere as lo­cals and vis­i­tors barter for bar­gains. Stay at La Prévôté, a charm­ing lit­tle five-room bed and break­fast with its own restau­rant set on the cen­tral is­land, with the river flow­ing gen­tly un­der­neath. Dou­ble rooms cost from 145 (la-pre­

An­tiques deal­ers set out their wares at open-air mar­kets through­out the year.BE­LOW The pretty town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is set along the banks of the river and its branches.

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