La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.


Antiquing in Avignon

Avignon.... an ancient city surrounded by Roman walls but one completely in step with the 21st century. Bistros abound. This is France, after all! The many boutiques are filled with mouth watering items, all beautifully displayed. What to buy? Oh, heck...just wrap up the shop, never mind the budget!

First, though, let's take a little walk along the cobble-stoned streets and alley ways as we search for our first antiques shop. This is the path Kathy and I took for several mornings as we went in search of the old, the fabulous, and the quintessentially French. The walk is so enjoyable we almost...almost!...forgot about shopping. Enjoy the walk with us.....

Let's stop for a quick cafe au lait and croissant, shall we?

Okay, now back to the task at! Our first stop, Cour Interieure...

Cour Interieure on rue Joseph Vernet and worth the walk from Centre Avignon
An old dressmaker's table and an assortment of choice little objects
The dried botanicals are set on old French documents. Almost everything in this shop is at least 19th century and in excellent condition.

A charming child's mesh garden bench in the courtyard. Asking price: 80EU.

Vignette in the shop window. Kathy Morris scooped up that little iron stool before I had a chance to say "First Dibs!"


The next day, we visited the weekly antiques market across the Rhone in Villeneuve-les- Avignon.  The many dealers here start setting up around 5am, buyers start arriving at 7am, and a lot of things are gone by 10am, so rise and shine early. However, we noticed that many dealers continued pulling stock out of their vans as customers grab up the goodies. This is a must market if you're seeking charming old paintings, porcelain, pottery, linens and the like. It is not a market for the serious collector of fine French furniture and objects, although there were a few dealers there with some great 18th century items and prices were commensurate.

Two huge biot pots. There were several at various dealer's booths, so it pays to quickly do a price comparison as prices do vary from dealer to dealer. It is customary to inquire if the dealer can do better on the price, but only ask if you're serious. If the price is still too high for you, smile, shrug your shoulders and say you regret you cannot afford the item. It is considered very rude to ask for a better price if you're simply curious. You will not only insult the dealer, but will most certainly spoil any chance of buying anything from him or her.
A typical array of items at the market, all nicely set out on the ground
An incredible array of antique linens, many dating from the 18th century. The boutis (French quilts) were in good condition and the colors nearly new. Prices ran about 130 to 180 euros. This is an excellent place to buy antique linens as we found the prices for similar items in Paris shops almost doubled.

Pillows made of antique fabrics

Iron baby bed filled to over flowing with old watering cans

Almost worth building an entire bathroom around!!

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