La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

6/1/11

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris


The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it, this place has it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes — all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're adept at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere, with the aroma of food wafting in the air and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure to bring cash, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available ATM always has a line.

Address: 48, rue Jules Vallès (Marché des Antiquaires), 93400 Saint-Ouen
(between the Porte de St-Ouen and Porte de Clignancourt, just outside 18th arrondissement)
Hours: Sat. - Mon., 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4), Porte de St-Ouen (line 13)

Below, random examples of what you're likely to find at Puces. This is a market that necessitates planning as it is impossible to cover one tenth of the entire location in a day. Even for dealers who shop frequently, it can be overwhelming without a clear idea of what you're looking for.

"Hello, Dollies"
"Ladies, take a seat."

One of the booths that specializes in antique clothing. There are over two dozen that do so!
"Let's see...what was I looking for again?"
"OMG!"
"I'll take those two and the one in the back, please."
"OMG! #2"
Fine antique tapestries and fabrics (with commensurate prices)

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