06 October 2012

Scouting Apt in Provence



Waking up on a Saturday morning and heading over to Apt for the weekly market is a joy. Once there, the sights alone captivate.. flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses everywhere; lots of fabrics, leather goods and baskets too. I was able to poke around the village and found "La Brocante".. which is exactly that... pretty much a second hand store... but hey, this is French second-hand stuff! I also had a moment to peek into a lovely design shop. 


looking beyond vegetables I spied this intriguing shop in the background!

the wicker lounger is a little worse for wear, but at 25 euro, quite the bargain too!
great collection of apothecary jars and etc in La Brocante
who doesn't like to poke around in
junk shops.. here you could score a
Ricard pitcher for pennies!

while at the market outside you could buy a bathtub full
of dried rosebuds...
...or the perenially beloved Basque striped fabrics at
a few euros per yard
... or a rosemary tree or watering can....
.. or lavender soaps....

while inside the nearby design shop, this stunning silver metallic
medallions printed onto linen and used as draperies
really caught my eye!

and this rustic lamp with it's rumpled linen shade sits
front of that exquisitely printed Manuel Canovas silk 

two more stunning silk fabrics in this Provençal designer's shop in Apt

and the beautiful work at Atelier du Vieil Apt took my breath away


after all the browsing, we ended up in this little resto a few miles away from the bustle of Apt




Come with us to Provence next time... and 
thanks for stopping by!...  Kit

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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful views and cultural trip for me. The jars, watering can are the pretty things. I could imagine how relaxing sitting in the resto enjoying your fav.

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    1. Hi Terrie yes it is a wonderful way to spend a morning, then relaxing over lunch!!
      Thanks for visiting.. I saw your beautiful handmade journals/books on your site.. truly gorgeous!

      Kit

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  2. Kit I would be in heaven wandering through the wonderful shops like these!!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Hi Karena, yes, come with us next time.. you and I would have soo much fun here!

      bisous

      Kit

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful photos! I LOVE Provence and your blog! Have a nice sunday!

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    1. Thanks Geli for your very kind words! have a great weekend too.

      xo Kit

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  4. Thanks for sharing. Looks divine!

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    1. Hi Deborah, thanks so much for visiting.. have a great weekend and dream of Provence!

      xo

      Kit

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  5. What a fabulous time of year to be in Provence... Have a great time...!

    ~Terri~

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    1. WElll hello Terri! you have to come with us next time, too. You would have a fabulous time in Provence... hope all is going well for you in Texas!

      xo

      Kit

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  6. The Apt and Ile sur la Sorge markets are my absolute favourite in France. Although I've spent hours wandering through the shops and market in Ile sur la Sorge I haven't ventured into the shops in Apt as I've been too busy in the market, but next visit ................
    Warm regards

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    1. Hi Elizabeth you will love Apt and its many treasures.. be sure to go on a Saturday to the market, in existence since the 12th century!

      xo

      Kit

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  7. Lovely photos, I haven't been to Apt yet but can't wait to go! We're heading to Ile sur la Sorge next month, first stop will be the markets :)

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    1. HI Tuula have a wonderful trip to l'Isle and let me know how you find the markets! bisous Kit

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  8. Thank you beaucoup for the photos and a walk down memory lane. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to spend many happy moments boosting the economy in Apt...not to mention Lourmarin, Bonnieux etc. A good friend lives up the hill in picturesque Saignon. A few of my finds were these beautiful little chairs from La Brocante, gorgeous cicada embroidered fabric from the market and goodies from the designer shop you mentioned, if it's the same one I'm thinking of. Loved browsing and shopping in Apt, especially the market (M. Chic Pois et M. Fromage) and then retreating up the hill with fresh market produce to enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by my talented friend...sigh. (Just wish I had splurged on 'la faience d'Apt ' from the Atelier. ) J'adore et m'ennuie de le Luberon et ma belle France.

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    1. Bonjour Veuvemcd, how very cool that you have shopped these very same spots... as you say boosting the local economy :)... send pix of your little chairs from La Brocante? You must come back with us next spring in the company of like minded wanderers!

      a bientôt!

      Kit

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  9. Lovely photos Kit. I've been to Apt once, when we stayed in Saignon. A return trip is necessary!!!

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  10. Kit, I often forget about Apt but your post makes me want to re-visit it and explore. And I will soon! Wish you were here to join me...
    :)

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