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Thursday, September 30, 2010

'Antiques & Ham' on Impressionist Island

A tradition since the middle ages, this foire (fair) has spent the last 600 years morphing into the huge, week long event that happens twice a year on the Island of Chatou (also known as Impressionnist Island) outside of Paris. 
What began as an annual pre-Christmas pork fair in front of Notre Dame, has turned into one of the largest, most well attended, antique flea markets in France.
For the last 40 years, more than 800 vendors have set up shop for a full week on a wedge of land in the middle of the Seine. Some have permanent stores in other villages, others  are part of the 'Brocantes' circuit operating across France.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Paris XIeme - Where It All Began

My grandfather, Leon Briet, lived in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris in a large, rambling apartment.  This was the same apartment in which my mother and her two brothers grew up. He and my grandmother, Marie, had lived there since shortly after they were married at the end of WWI.  It was a large flat with an unusually large kitchen; lots of cooking took place in that kitchen not to mention the eating and laughing in the dining room across the hall.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

It's hard for me to believe that four months have passed since my last post, well, it has been a very busy four months and there was the 'computer incident',  but that's all behind me now. In that action packed time, there has been a 'plan B' holiday to Tuscany due to the Icelandic Volcano (remember THAT?).