New finds at local French flea markets

After all those days and nights so hot in Paris, this weekend, I was able  to go hunting at some local flea markets.

Here are the results of my treasure hunt:

I really like the two Sarreguemines dishes. Those vintage tableware plates, dishes or sauceboats are always very decorative in a kitchen.

To discover my other findings : gentil coquelicot shop

A lovely day to all of you !

Eking out a living on the streets of Paris

Paris at the beginning of the 20th century

Parisian Fields

Paris has a reputation as a city of glitz and glamour. But in the early 20th century, beneath the glamour, many barely survived from day to day. In London, journalist and reformer Henry Mayhew had written a multi-volume study, London Labour and the London Poor in 1851, a fascinating but depressing study of people living on the margins in that city. Mayhew, who had earlier lived in Paris, said of the self-employed poor: they “don’t find a living, it’s only another way of starving.” He could have been speaking about those in Paris who eked out a meagre existence through “Les petits métiers.”

The term referred to those who made their way in the world without the stable structure of apprenticeships, journeyman status, and achievement of mastery. Some were talented at what they did; others did jobs that required only perseverance. They may have worked hard, put in…

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New French antique treasures

I love Summer holidays! Long sunny days, no Schedule and lots of time to visit brocante et other flea markets everywhere in the countryside.

here are some of my latest crushes:

Alreay listed in my little Etsy shop !

Paris in the year 2000, viewed from 1900

the year 2000 from a vintage point

Parisian Fields

It seems that humans cannot resist dabbling in predicting the future. We have an innate need to ignore Yogi Berra’s clear warning, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” So what did the year 2000 look like from a vantage point 100 years earlier? Let’s look at a few examples from a series of cigarette cards designed to be given away at the International Exposition of 1900 in Paris.

800px-France_in_XXI_Century._Electric_scrubbingOur parlour maid has a wonderful-looking machine to clean her wooden parquet floor. The machine looks a bit awkward, but has a traditional scrub brush and bar of soap. Indeed, it seems to be electrically powered, but the cord leads only to the wand the maid is holding.

As for the rest of the room, it seems very much of the late 1800s: a large potted plant; the ever-respectable but economical upright piano; heavy curtains and a blind at the…

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Brocante and flea market treasures

Here are some of my latest findings while  wandering everywhere in France.

BRO-84c-Antique-French-missal BRO-83-antique-French-religious-benitier CUI-51-vintage-leaves-chocolate-mold


A lovely French missal published in 1932, a beautiful marble stoup with a charming bow, and this heavy and nice vintage chocolate mold.




I love flea markets, it’s like a huge treasure hunt: being able to see what is hidden behind dust.



Charming terraces and places in Paris

I love weekends….. Time to relax, to dream, or to wander in Paris.

OK, don’t tell me today is not the day, because it’s raining cats and dogs! Let’s say I’ll help you to plan your next “promenade” in the city of lights!


terrace Paris

café Paris

Remember : Paris is always a good idea ! 😉


Versailles backstage

You’ll certainly realize  that I like discovering new spots in Paris and around.

Though I’m French, (no doubt according to my poor English !) there are secret places in the capital that I haven’t heard of before…..

Today let’s go to Versailles, but backstage.

Ok, Versailles Palace isn’t in Paris, but it’s so close……..

Forget the tourists buses and watch those beautiful photographs full of nostalgia.

This Palace is like a sleeping  beauty: a very old but still magnificent monument.





Checking out the B side in Paris


Bouquiniste on the banks of the Seine
(Old books/ second books seller)

Factual Fiction Travel

I suppose I’m somehow dating myself here, but I can’t help thinking back to the days when you would buy a 45 or an album because you liked a particular song you heard on the radio. Invariably you took it home and played it a million times. It was your favorite song and you felt as though you were the one who had discovered it.
Of course, as time went on, you noticed more and more people were also enjoying “your” song. It actually became popular and it seemed everywhere you went people were humming the song or talking about how great the band was. It was still the same song you discovered, but in some way it seemed different now that so many other people liked it. Other people were interpreting the meaning of the song and it didn’t seem as personal as it had.
Luckily enough there was…

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