19 Apr 2015

A beautiful Sunday morning at St Ouen Flea Market: visit of Vernaison

Allée - Stand 198: Sylvie
  Allée 2 - Stand 55: Fanny
 Allée 6 Stand 101: Laure

 Allée 2 - Stand 55

Located in the north of Paris, a few steps away from the Sacre Coeur Basilica and Moulin Rouge, Les Puces is known as one of the largest Flea Market in the world. For a fun-filled weekend, it’s one of the best place to go for shopping in Paris: antique jewellery, furniture, old books, records and vintage clothes, Les Puces de Saint Ouen, a perfect place to pick up a present for the hard to please and fashionista hipsters with the help of antique trade dealers. I have been there dozens of times and decided to focus on Vernaison this time to visit Sylvie's antique shop with lovely enamel French Vintage coffee pots that I collect and Laure's antique shop which is the caverne d'Ali Baba (cave of Ali Baba) without to forget Fanny's lovely antique stand. I have added a picture of the restaurant Chez Louis which offers an old-fashioned atmostphere at reasonable prices. I did not have to stop.

French Vintage living by Mylittlehomes: Lovely french vintage soap that I bought in Normandy

I only found this website in French where you can buy it http://www.pulcherie-creation.com/gamme-corporelle/898-savonnette-100-g-a-l-heure-du-jardin-mas-du-roseau.html or http://www.masduroseau.fr/

8 Mar 2015

Delicious little portugese tarts (natas) bought at Albert & Robert at the Market of Asnières sur Seine for a lovely Sunday tea party!

Today was very sunny in Paris and I decided to cross the Seine river to reach Asnières Sur Seine and buy delicious natas (little portuguese tarts) at Albert & Robert at the Marché des Victoires - 3 place des Victoires. They were perfect for a lovely Sunday tea! To reach this lovely market take the metro line 3 and get off at the station Gabriel Péri.Then you will have to walk 10 mn crossing little streets bordered by beautiful houses.

3 Mar 2015

Spring is coming....Countryside in the 14h district - one of the most romantic's street of Paris

Rue des Thermopyles (metro Pernety)is a quiet and pedestrian street,  no car, only bicycles parked, green plants and herbs.  A hidden gem!
Pictures: Marc Bertrand

19 Aug 2014

La Buvette des Marionnettes, a hidden gem in the Luxembourg Gardens

In summer, what a lovely place to have a break in the amazing Luxembourg gardens.
The green metal chairs in the shade of the trees create a charming atmosphere for a coffee or tea, or lunch. The name comes from the puppet theatre next to it.
Buvette des Marionnettes
26 rue de Vaugirard
Metro: St Sulpice

14 Aug 2014

Secret garden in the Marais: Square St Gilles Saint Veneur

All Paris neighborhood harbor small squares where it feels good to relax  in the shade but some are so difficult to  find that if someone does not give you the address it is impossible to find and the Square St Gilles-Saint-Veneur is one of them

To access it, you should take the rue de Hesse, or Harquebusiers, then cross the small porch in front of you and you will discover the smallest square of the 3rd districts beautifully decorated with climbing roses; So romantic!

My recommendation: on your way buy a sandwich made with french baguette and enjoy a peaceful lunch on the grass

Square St Gilles-Saint-Veneur
Rue des Arquebusiers
75003 Paris
Left end of the street

Metro: Chemin Vert ou St Sébastien Froissart

Pink, green, purple, A very colorful street paris!

Pink, green, purple, A very colorful street paris

With these facades of all colors, it is almost like Portobello but no we are in Paris a few steps from the Gare de Lyon ..the rue Crémieux is a very unusual street that you will find nowhere else. When sun rays comes, the residents of the street leave chairs et tables to make it a very friendly place

Rue Crémieux
Metros: Quai de la Rapée ou Gare de Lyon