Nearly everyday someone asks me about France and the brocantes or both to the tune of:
Can you tell me what to do in France?
Since my natural tendency leans more towards spontaneous and less on structured details I thought I would take a leap to creating a once and for all blog post with links about things I am often asked about. Then when I hear, "Can you tell me what to do in France?" I can refer them this blog post, instead of writing a long email.
"Duh," I can hear myself say, "Should have done this years ago ding dong."
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And please if you have any secrets, suggestions, hints or favorites about France add them to the comment section.
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A bookshop in the Passage Jouffroy, Paris
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Our apartment in Paris
Where to stay in Paris
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Paris twilight last year.
One of my favorite blogs, that has incredible information and tidbits, and history about Paris and more is
Where are the brocantes?
Oh man. I could write a book about that, but do not want to.
Instead let me take you.
Porte Vanves in Paris, every weekend ten minutes from our apartment in Paris.
Where everyone goes, every one.
None of the above are secret, they are constant, well known, sought after and very good. Everyone who loves the brocante knows these and goes.
Where are the "secret" ones? the best ones? the ones only the insider's know? Well those are the ones that come with living here and being here, and having the luxury of not having to go if you do no want to go because there are literally hundreds of them every weekend.
A sign I love in the Marais.
Lavender fields in Provence?
Lavender in Valensole.
Must stop into every bakery. I am not joking.
Restaurant in Cotignac on the Square.
Chez Gilbert in Cassis.
15 minutes from where I live.
My happy place.
Drink a Pastis when in Provence.
Our dear friend's Patrice's Restaurant in Marseille, where the locals go for lunch
Provence my backyard.
My friend Denise and I created a mini list of things to do...
Cassis on the Route de Crete
Just go without a map.
Open the door.
Let your desire lead you.
Ten minutes from my home.
I cannot visit her without wanting to buy something.
Ruth's photo of some wallpaper I found for her...
My friend Ruth and I have created The French Muse Experience where we offer week long, all included retreats in Provence.
If you are interested in the brocante, history, food, lifestyle, art, hanging out with us, staying in an old Provencal country house... and more. Tailored made experiences for you or your group.