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Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

If you happen to be in the little town of Montreuil-sur-Mer on July 14, the major French public holiday of Bastille Day, you’re in for a treat. Every year on this day, the town stages a spectacular antiques market that spreads across the whole upper town centre. Montreuil-sur-Mer is a very handsome French town that has become […]

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Discovering the Markets of Provence

Written by on March 3, 2017 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Discovering the Markets of Provence

Size isn’t everything as far as Provençal markets go. Large markets of Provence, such as les grands marchés in Arles and Aix-en-Provence, are extravaganzas that extend over multiple blocks with a couple hundred vendors selling almost every kind of good from soaps and handbags to fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish. To appreciate the range of […]

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5 Marvellous Markets Near Calais

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
5 Marvellous Markets Near Calais

The markets of France are known the world over for their fabulous, fresh produce and lively atmosphere. Buying your vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread and other food stuffs from a market adds another level to the whole shopping experience and is a great way to really feel the culture of France. French gastronomy is UNESCO listed […]

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Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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Saint-Ouen Flea Market Paris

Written by on April 19, 2016 in Funky, Markets, Paris, Quirky
Saint-Ouen Flea Market Paris

Saint-Ouen market in Paris is said to be the biggest antiques market in the world! For lovers of vintage, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen as it is called, or rather just “Les Puces” by those in the know, in the northern suburbs of Paris, Saint-Denis, is a must. It’s a fun, fabulous shopping venue where you’ll discover […]

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The Market St Omer France

Written by on December 28, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Market St Omer France

St Omer is a lovely northern French rural town and a perfect weekend destination; it’s also where a great Saturday morning market is held, one that lovers of French markets will adore. The market takes place on the cobbled Grand Place (Place du Marechal Foch), a brilliant place to sit and watch the world go […]

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Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Events, Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

For years my neighbours went on about “The BIG One”, the Lille Braderie, the biggest flea market in Europe with its 10,000 stalls full of bits and bobs, vintage, antiques, pre-loved pieces. Here in France going to flea markets at the weekend or on a national holiday, is a national hobby… but going to the […]

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Lille Braderie 2015

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Braderie 2015

The Braderie de Lille is the BIG one, the biggest flea market in Europe and for lovers of vintage, bargains and old tat this is a place of wonderment and temptation… Ancient History Held every September, the Braderie de Lille has been going on for centuries. No one knows for sure why or how it […]

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Three marvellous markets in Provence

Written by on July 19, 2015 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Three marvellous markets in Provence

Without a doubt one of the best things to do when in Provence is to visit the markets. It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small; the markets are where you can really experience an authentic French way of life. The market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue One of the largest markets in Provence is held every […]

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All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Markets
All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

The big day has arrived. You’ve digested that article in your Sunday paper and you’re off, yes, yes, I am going to France to buy and sell vintage and make my fortune.  Shall you find apothecary bottles or old, vintage maps, furniture to be shabby chic’d? Does your list include Koestler’s lost novel or Duchamp’s […]

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