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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...

buying french antiques at Chatou

  We have come to the first french antiques and  brocante fair of the year and without a doubt my favourite.  La Foire de Chatou, or the Chatou Ham and Brocante Fair takes place twice a year on the west of Paris, and gathers hundreds of France’s best antique dealers to show off their wares for a  whole ten days each time.  Why ‘Ham & Brocante’?  … because there are so many places to eat around the fair, with a big tradition for the stands selling cured hams...

my french country home tours for 2017

We are very excited about the tours planned for 2017, this is going to be a great year!      Each tour is timed to make the most of a particular season here in Normandy and in Paris.   Each tour is limited in number of guests, and each tour is carefully planned to ensure that we get off the beaten track and return home with happy and long lasting memories; with new friendships and a real insight into authentic French living. We start the season with our Floral Tour in May.    This tour was...

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