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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Back to the market!

My sister and I had one more quick trip back to Paris this fall in search of a barometer~we found one! It is the last picture posted. We never seem to tire of walking up and down aisles for hours at time searching for that something special,whatever it is, that we must have. I just wish we could get more things packed in our suitcases! We have made so many trips to the markets that we are beginning to be recognized as the old ladies from the States and offered tea or beverages as soon as we enter the shoppes.....oh, chairs to rest in, also!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Spring Fling ~ 2009

You really never quite know what you might find while wandering through the market areas!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to the Flea Market

Yes, it has been over two years since I have posted anything regarding my favorite French shopping stops and trips still continue several times each year. Having the shop now gives me a genuine need to search the markets and wander through the streets. It is a great experience to migrate in and out of so many shops and alleys, getting confused on directions occasionally and grabbing at that chance to visit with the owners. Yes, of course, the perfect time to practice my French!

Monday, June 04, 2007

More Finds at the Flea Market

Strangely enough, I am drawn towards objects of art which I can not possibly place in my suitcase....... nor can I afford to have them packed and shipped home. I know if I keep searching, I may find something very special and delicate that I can carry with me. So until the object is found, I will continue to shop around and try not to get carried away and loose my can do this in Paris~

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Burst Of Petals

I love flowers just about as much as I do food. With food, there are in the garden, on the dining table, in the kitchen.........everywhere you turn, a rainbow of color appears.
Since the 1950's, the original flower markets of Paris have reduced in size and continue to dwindle away. Now, the sale of freshly cut flowers is permitted at the food markets. There are a few places, as in this location, that you still are able to see a burst of petals, however, the selection is quite meagar compared to what you can find in the flower shops that fill the city of Paris, and those you find at the open-air markets.
One thing still remains the same-you can find Parisians buying bouquets of flowers everyday, just as they would a fresh baguette . I love flowers........

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hidden Treasures

Delving into the flea markets in Paris , there is excitement around every corner! Often the displays in the windows of the shops are just as breathtaking as what is inside.....more than one Kodak moment, that's for certain!
After you have spent time visiting the local monuments and famous landmarks , there's a week for you, make it a point to visit the hidden nooks and crannies of the Paris Flea more part of the heart and soul of this magical city.....

Monday, March 12, 2007

Visit Your Local Florist

This beautiful form makes a statement of true sophistication-don't you agree?
The object of beauty was found in a local florist not too far from where my French Sister lives. I do wonder in amazement how the French floral designers pull these ideas together and come up with these ingenious creations for display in an average floral shop. This example is both simple and elegant at the same time-Curved so gracefully, the feathers take form..........