Subject: Re: Flea Markets in Paris
Just returned from a few days in Paris, during which part of our business was shopping - too bad, someone's got to do it! Kirk, my husband, went to the Porte de Vanves flea. Actually, we both went as soon as we got there, since the info we had said it was open til 5 (we arrived at noon on Sat.). But there was nothing there, and Kirk went early Sunday morning (I, the wimp, slept in!). He didn't buy anything - said prices were high-no deals. It's open from about 7 (they were finishing set-up then), til 1:30 Sat. and Sun. We've been to Clignancourt before. It's huge. No deals there either, but so much to see! Have you visited Village St. Paul, in the Marais? We want to be sure to spend time there on our next visit. By the time we found it, it was Tues, and it was closed Tues-Wed. Not a flea, but there may be brocante stores there as well as antiques, although I'm not sure. The best deals, as is true anywhere, I guess, are to be found outside the big city and the most-touristed areas. We've found the best prices in the Dordogne. Concerning your enjoyment of churches, parks, and museums: A couple of places we really enjoyed this trip were the Musee Jacquemart Andre-intimate, small, with an array of superb acquistions by the collecting husband and wife - including complete frescoes on walls and ceilings, brought home from Italian villas. This couple was described as upper middle class - boggles the mind!! The other was Eglise St Roche, in the 1st arrondissement, where we heard a lovely noon- time concert. The church was very airy and light, and filled with such beautiful and uplifting art - both sculpture and painting. While listening to the concert, we lifted our eyes to an exquisite life-size (maybe larger..) white marble nativity, above which mischievous putti peeked out of puffs of clouds. The Tuesday noon concerts (free!) continue through March - check the Paris tourist office website for details. A favorite park is Monceau - have you walked through it? We, too, really enjoyed Salisbury cathedral. I was impressed by how inspiring and uplifting it was from outside even more than inside - perhaps that has to do with the surrounding grassy yard, rather than the buildings or streets that so often close in the great cathedrals. Anne in Virginia