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brocante tour season

If things have been a tad quiet here on the blog this past week, it is because we are in the brocante tour season.   Last week I hosted a group of lovely guests and toured them around normandy, staying in chateaux, buying brocante, and discovering this corner of France. This week I’m with a smaller group for my new Luxury and Antiques tour, during which, as well as buying brocante treasure, we also have a lesson in floral art from top Paris florist Clarisse Beraud; we take a class in...

our brocante and french lifestyle tour to Provence

  September is here and it is the month for my annual brocante tours, when I receive the most charming guests from all over the globe to hunt for treasure with me in Normandy and in Paris.  This year we have a second tour named Luxury and Antiques which will take us to Champagne, Normandy and Paris, experiencing antiques, floral art, jewelry design and more  (if anyone wants a last minute trip, following a cancellation there is one place remaining on the Luxury tour). But today what I...

a sunday in normandy

  Life has been a little busy recently and it feels like ages since I had a lazy Sunday and the chance to hit a local brocante fair.     These casual country fairs may no longer be reliable as sources for antiques, but they are always enjoyable, especially when they take place in a field, or by a river, which was the case this morning. Most of our local villages hold one or two of these fairs each year.  It is often organised by the village school as a fundraiser, or in aid of a local...

french antiques in isle sur la sorgue

Many of you may be familiar with the antique filled town of Isle sur la Sorgue in the south of France, but as it’s likely that most visitors go there in the summer, you may not know that a highpoint of the year is the Easter weekend. This is the 51st year  of the Isle sur la Sorgue Antiques Art & You fair.   From 13th to 17th April, the 300 regular dealers in the town are joined by several hundred other antique and brocante dealers from all over France, for a four day long brocante...

brocante and antique tours 2017

It looks like this year is going to be busy and fun!    Our September tour is already fully booked so we have decided to introduce a  supplementary September tour with a difference. We are calling this new tour Antiques and Luxury, because as well as plenty of opportunities to shop for French antiques (including at our favourite Chatou fair) we are also offering some new activities, all linked to the very best in traditional French living and savoir-faire. This tour will start on the Wednesday...

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