One of my very favorite things to do in Paris is to go to the flea market on Saturday or Sunday, so last Saturday I was off to the Vanves flea market. I like this one because, although the vendors have assigned spaces, they bring their things and set them up from scratch each week, often with more of a jumble to look through and better prices than the other bigger, more famous flea market at Clignancourt.
If I collected statues of Mary, I would have gotten this one for sure - I love the colors!
I did buy this ratty little squirrel. We joke that me leading ladies around on trips is sometimes like herding squirrels - and I love it!
The weekly backgammon game...
A selfie in the mirror...
Anyone know what story the weasel looking creature is in the front right? I saw many of him at the market this time.
I sort of regret not getting any of these wallpaper samples here... I'll be back in April, so maybe then!
Roland was playing his piano, as always.
I have photos of the things I got later in this post.
From there I decided to make the trip across the city to the other big flea market at Clignancourt. This is the market that most people know of in Paris but, after giving it another chance (I think this is the fourth time I've been to this market) I really don't like it. It is something to see if you've never been here, but I would be happy to never go there again. One of the main reasons is the really awful area, full of literally garbage and sleazy characters, you have to walk through to get to the antique areas. I don't have a photo of that part because I wouldn't stop to take one, but this next photo shows the area with cheap crap for sale that you also have to go through.
It is a maze of tiny permanent booths with everything that you can imagine. These photos are going to make it look good, but I think the prices are ridiculous and there just isn't the thrill of the treasure hunt to me. These are my three photos out of a few hundred booths.
I couldn't wait to get out of there and headed to Montmartre, going up from the back side this time, instead of from the front like we usually do. This part of Paris has a whole different feeling to it with the narrow, hilly streets.
This guy was very passionate about his accordion playing! He serenaded us during lunch.
It was another gorgeous day, so I had lunch at my usual cafe on the hillside, along with many other people!
At the flea market that morning I got this tiny little French bulldog figurine. Like I said on Facebook, I saw him when I first got to the market and asked how much and was told 10 euros. That was way too much, and I indignantly set him back down. Sometimes when you do that they will offer it for less, but not this time. As I was leaving the market three hours later, I went by the table and saw that the doggie was still there, so I offered the man 5 euros and he said, "Of course, just for you." Haha - what a deal!
At another table, I found this little painting on wood and the ratty squirrel. The man there said that they were 20 euros together and wouldn't budge on the price. I looked around his tables some more and found the book and bowl below. When I asked about the price for those he said that they were free with the 20 euros for the painting and the squirrel. Again, so funny - he had a deal! :)
Look how little the book is and I love that it is Italian from Firenze! I found the cover separately from the book.
You should see how pretty this bowl is when it is washed!
After lunch I walked to Sacre Coeur and the beautiful view of the city...
I took the little train ride around the area for the first time...
From there I took the Metro to Saint-Sulpice back across the city. I was surprised to see that a nearby street still had the Christmas lights up!
I passed a crowd at this tiny chocolate shop, so of course I had to check it out. I thought I was getting gelato but it turned out to be mousse. It was delicious but too much - I felt like I'd been drugged on sweetness afterwards! They serve it in a little paper cone.
From there I walked to Luxembourg Garden but they were already closed since it was sunset. I could still peek through the fence!
Another great day - lots of walking and lots to see!
I'm leaving Paris today and flying to Tel Aviv for the next week to teach four days of classes! I'll be taking lots of photos and sharing in real time on Facebook and Instagram and will do posts as I can but probably when I return.
Have a lovely day!