Wednesday, 20 July 2011

An afternoon aux Puces (St Ouen)

Apparently the flea market, situated between Porte de St Ouen and Porte de Clignancourt in the north of Paris, has the highest concentration of antiques stalls in the world. I don't know if this is true but it certainly has an incredible range of stalls, starting at the western end (by Porte de St-Ouen) with people selling things they have found while trawling through the bins of Paris.

And ending at the eastern end with new clothes and shoes. In the middle are many, MANY stalls selling anything and everything you care to imagine. If you ever need new wheels for your suitcase for example, this is the place to come.

When we went last week the weather was beautiful.
I took photos of some of the buildings. Many look like they may fall down any moment.
I love looking down the small alley ways and seeing where people live. Here is a rather lovely lane.
At the very end is this gorgeous house. It looks positively idyllic here on a sunny day.
One of my favourite places is this small back yard selling statues, sculptures and garden furniture.

I rather fancy this door bell.
Here is a mermaid crouched under a lion.
If you ever fancy a traffic light...
Across the road from here we spotted a fox. Everybody's 'must-have'.
Behind the fox is a gorgeous shop where you can by leather hides...
...and brocade tassels and ribbons.
It was hot, so we stopped for some refreshment.
Felt much better after that. Weeeeeeeeeee!
For more photos of the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen can be found here (thumbnails) and here (slideshow).

The market is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Details of when the market is on can be found here. (in English) and here (in French and English)

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