Friday, September 20, 2013

Treasure Hunting in Provence: The One That Got Away

Sometimes it's what we don't bring home from our travels that creates the most memories.

It was love at first sight. A vintage cruiser with a basket fashioned from a Château Lafite-Rothschild box covered with Louis Vuitton leather. But how to get it home? I couldn't bubble wrap it and stow it in my suitcase. It didn't merit hiring a container, and probably wasn't worth the cost of shipping. So I said my goodbyes and walked away. I probably should have found a way to ride the thing home.

We spent our morning at the Sunday market in L'Isle-sur-la-Sourge, the Venice of Provence with it's maze of canals, also know for it's Antiquaires. On Sunday, the twisting medieval streets and bridges are lined with stalls and crawl with people. An August market day in  L'Isle sur-la-Sourge is not for the faint of heart - for my friends in Seattle, it's like a sunny summer Saturday at Pike Place Market with three cruise ships in port... times 10.

Crowds aside, we had a delightful time exploring and a lovely al fresco lunch among the treasures.

A few other things that did not come home with us, I'm sorry to say:

Anything you've left behind during your travels that you pine for still?


  1. Oh yes, a most beautiful mantle we saw in Paris a few years ago that we hemmed and hawed over as it was a mini fortune and that was not even with the shipping factored in. But truthfully it was risky so it was meant to stay in its motherland:) What a fun bike and with the LV basket to boot!
    What a wonderful trip....loved getting to see it all through your eyes!

  2. Whaaaa??!! I would have been more than happy to have um, taken care of that bike for you until you found a way to get it back to Seattle. hehehe

    And if you think what you saw was crowded, you should go to the major antique fair there (Easter and August) THAT is insanity.

  3. So sorry about the charming bike. I have a great story about a huge LV trunk that got away. Love all your picks!

  4. ha, that bike basket cool, although I think there would be plenty of eye rolls if I pulled up to my local Bi-Lo grocery store with that basket ha.

    Before I die....want to secure a container with some friends and shop all the markets in Paris! Hard to walk away from such beautiful things.

  5. Dear Jeanne,

    You would have looked really good in Seattle, riding that old bike. Old, but mighty, and très chi-chi! I could just picture the crowds after you gave us Seattleites a comparison with Pike Place market. Ouch.

    For all you know, the bike is still there. You should send Heather over. She did offer to keep it for you, in her comment, above, after all...

    Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  6. So much to love here. We could do a recreation of the bike, peut etre, though it would never have the lovely dusting of french dirt that makes it so beautiful. Love L'isle, where did you stay.

  7. We would have found a way to ride that bike home, too! When we moved back from Paris, we left many of a flea market find behind - not worth shipping across the ocean in a container. Thankfully, we were able to selling everything to the next person who rented the apartment!
    C + C

  8. I still remember the marble-topped brass coffee table I found in Angers in 1984. Maybe it's still there!

  9. love it all! your giving me wanderlust!

  10. Love each of your pictures (err... 'fynds') !
    I still remember each one of the pieces I have had to let go (or has been taken away right under my nose) during our short stay in Sweden :)!
    Most recent one, I've paid for it and left it with the seller not to see it come back to its new rightful owner (i.e me).

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