It’s chilly and cold in January. I like to look back at some of the things I did when it was warmer. In the summer I spent a week in France. When we were staying in Nice, we took a day trip to the beautiful medieval town of Èze, in the Alpes-Maritimes. This popular spot is in a winding hillside with galleries, restaurants and shops tucked into nooks. Enjoy!
The Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt is quite possibly one of the most chaotic, random, awesome places that you can go in Paris.
The name translates literally to, Market of Fleas, and is thought to be the oldest flea market in the world. It’s also largest flea market in the world, totaling nearly 11 million visitors annually! Get off at the Metro stop, “Porte de Clignancourt” (the longest subway ride ever.) and walk a bit. You’ll start out seeing typical flea market wares. Cheap clothing, shoes, a little bling. Vendors trying to sell you knock off Chanel purses and watches. Keep going. Mixed in, you will find some great places to buy souvenirs to take home with you. I picked up some Art Nouveau magnets, compact mirrors and coasters for a nominal fee. I also bought berets, scarves and a I <3 Paris shirt.
But I digress. Keep walking and you will eventually get to rue des Rosiers. Here you will start to find antiques, furniture, art prints, vintage clothing, letterpress type, old mirrors…everything. It’s a huge, exhausting, exhilarating jumble of everything.
Yes, everything. Go early and take your time. There are about 2500 stalls! The Market opens on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 9am to about 6pm. Happy exploring!
In Montmartre, Paris, there is a wall of love. The wall is covered in “I love you,”s in hundreds of languages. The I love you wall is the brainchild of Frederic Baron. He went around collecting over a thousand I love yous by asking people to write it down. When they did, he would note where they were from and what language it was in.
The wall of love is in beautiful Montmartre, Paris. During my brief visit there, I saw couples from around the world posing with the wall. I myself am guilty of taking a few cheesy shots. What’s not to love about a wall of love? The wall is located in the Jehan Rictus garden, on the place des Abbesses in Montmartre.