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Exploring the Marché aux Puces

Have you ever imagined yourself wandering through the lengendary markets of the Marche Aux Puces de Saint Ouen, visiting sites made famous in countless movies and other media - and in PARIS???  Like so much of the City of Light, it's a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming kind of place but also a spectacular shopping experience - full of objects with provenance for real homes and businesses.  Join me on a virtual tour.....

 A delightful showroom in Marché Vernaison

A delightful showroom in Marché Vernaison

We have a saying in our family, "It's good to be a regular!"  And of course I would add, "...in Paris!!!"  After a wonderful trip to Italy and France in 2014 to celebrate my 60th birthday, we returned to France last month and spent one blissful, languorous week in the sun at Hotel Le Hameau in St Paul de Vence and 3 active (!) weeks in Paris, in accomodations through Guest Apartment Services.    We traveled to Paris (and France, generally) to assess trends at Maison et Objet (see my post on that here), shop at the Marché aux Puces and also the Village St Paul in the Marais, and - certainly not least - celebrate our 30th Anniversary....! 

 Ile St Louis is a perfect location - halfway between St Germain and le Marais

Ile St Louis is a perfect location - halfway between St Germain and le Marais

This year, we rented an apartment on l'ile St Louis and were found regularly at the cafe St Regis, on the northern tip (northwestern?) of the island.  It's a grand place to while away the time watching people from all over the world discover Paris for the first time and try to pick out the locals, while sipping an extremely pale rosé or a chilled Chablis.  The food there is very good, too....

 We were regulars at the  Cafe St Regis  on Ile St Louis

We were regulars at the Cafe St Regis on Ile St Louis

 Just a few step from  Cafe St Regis  is a pedestrian-only bridge accross the Seine leading to Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame.  There are always musicians of one genre or another performing.   Ahhhhh......

Just a few step from Cafe St Regis is a pedestrian-only bridge accross the Seine leading to Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame.  There are always musicians of one genre or another performing.   Ahhhhh......

OK, on to the Flea Market.....

Having shopped at the Marché aux Puces last year, and now again this year, I guess we're almost regulars! There is really so much to see - it's over 20 acres of dealers' showrooms/stalls so it entails a huge amount of walking, though, being Paris, there are plenty of places to take a break for a meal and wine.  But be sure to wear comfortable shoes anyway!

Here are some of my favorite images from our day this year:

  Bachelier Antiquités   never disappoints

Bachelier Antiquités  never disappoints

 Fun industrial chic 

Fun industrial chic 

 LOVE the juxtaposition of the retro motorbike and amethyst, amber and jade green glass bottles

LOVE the juxtaposition of the retro motorbike and amethyst, amber and jade green glass bottles

 I think I've found something interesting...

I think I've found something interesting...

 The coolest vintage clothing and jewelry

The coolest vintage clothing and jewelry

 Guess who loved this dealer's place?  I love the little Paris photo prop behind....

Guess who loved this dealer's place?  I love the little Paris photo prop behind....

 Those seltzer bottles!

Those seltzer bottles!

 ....and these chairs

....and these chairs

 Sort of what you'd expect in the way of French furniture, though the white is unusual.  (Does that wrinkled rug bother anyone else??) 

Sort of what you'd expect in the way of French furniture, though the white is unusual.  (Does that wrinkled rug bother anyone else??) 

 Looks like a little village but is just one of the Marchés

Looks like a little village but is just one of the Marchés

 A private restroom for vendors.....don't tell

A private restroom for vendors.....don't tell

 Francois Bachelier et moi

Francois Bachelier et moi

While in Bachelier Antiquités, I found these wine box remnants and was given a super price, I guess because I bought so much there last year - or maybe it's because Bob made friends with Maman Bachelier....  Anyway, yes, it's good to be a regular!

Posted on October 15, 2015 and filed under Paris, Marche aux Puces st Ouen.

We wish you the merriest, the merriest!

If, like me, you're not spending the holidays in Paris or Rome, but you've wistfully thought of it, maybe dreamed about it, please enjoy this feast for the eyes and a vacarious vacation:  some Christmas images from my two favorite places:  France and Italy. Maybe next year will be the year for the Strasbourg Christmas market, the largest in Europe....!  Have a wonderful holiday!

 Strasbourg, France Christmas Market

Strasbourg, France Christmas Market

 St. Peter's, Rome

St. Peter's, Rome

 Vintage French postcard

Vintage French postcard

 Firenze

Firenze

 French home décor 

French home décor 

 Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

 Nice, France

Nice, France

 Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

 Buche de Noël 

Buche de Noël 

 Paris

Paris

May all of your dreams come true!  Joyeux Noël and Buon Natale!


Posted on December 22, 2014 and filed under Paris.

Countdown to Maison et Objets 2014

11 months to go!

Now that I’m focusing my travel planning energy on France (and Italy, too, since we’ll be starting the voyage there), just as you seem to see a particular make of car - constantly - when you begin to even consider buying one, I feel like like I’m seeing French-inspired design everywhere I look:

I believe it’s never too early to begin detailed planning so I’ve been researching flights, train schedules, car rental agencies and, most importantly, Paris apartments…..

There are some amazing rental companies in Paris and they offer everything from the uber-pricey to places that looked like a college kid just decamped for a semester abroad.

I love this Myra Hoefer –designed pad (though it's probably out of our price range!) through Chez Vous , a Sausalito, CA company:

J'adore this unit on Ile St Louis offered by Special Apartments, except that the bedroom is a loft…may not work.  But isn't it grand?

I love both of these apartments, fromGuest ApartmentServices:

.....sigh....so much to think about - but what fun problems!  A bientot!