If you are in Provence, rush to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, the gateway to the Fontaine de Vaucluse, and host of the biggest Antiques Fair in Europe besides the more permanent markets of Paris and London.
Arrive early to find a parking spot, book your lunch or dinner at one of the beautiful restaurants there. Our favourite is Cafe Fleurs right in the centre of town on the island, overlooking the river Sorgue and serving a wonderfull fare at reasonable prices. Try the balcony for lunch (menu plaisir for 37 euros) or the main room for dinner.
The Fair hosts over 350 merchants, keen to show (and sell...) their wares.
If you miss the Fair in August, there is another one, although smaller in scale on the Easter week-end.
Find more about L'isle sur la Sorgue and La Fontaine de Vaucluse in our Travel?provence section here
Uzes has been on our radar for quite some time, because of the its proximity to the famous Roman made Pont du Gard and its famous pots.
It has become even closer to our heart as our friends Nicki & Mark have bought an appartment there that they rent out most of the year, unless they are enjoy it themselves as recently in June.
You can check it here
Read our full report on this fabulous city, keen to replace St Remy on your list of to do things when in Provence...
Our friends Nicki and Mark, great francophiles "down under", were running out of inspiration for cooking their own dinners, so I thought I would post for them a very simple dinner of garlic prawns, vermicelli and cherry tomatoes. Check it here
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