living in real itme


bonjour tout le monde et bon weekend as they say en paree!


it’s been a few days since we left le meurice and the hustle and bustle of the days with the wonderful #EmbraceParis group.

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my dear friend keni valenti has arrived

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and we have since moved into a sweet apartment house on the left bank thanks to madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and are working on honing our social media skills.


i wanted to touch base and let you know which channels are working best to get photos and info out to the universe.


although it’s difficult to post in real time, a stop at the apple store or a starbucks can get us hooked up on the WIFI here and there.

so before heading out this morning to vanves flea market, here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to.

blue doors in paris

lastly, i had to post this from you tube, it’s a video from funny face that keni has us singing thru the streets all day everyday! he’s been my muse and is so much fun! have a great weekend, more soon!

July 26, 2014. Friends, Marché aux Puces, Vanves Flea Market. 13 comments.

museum quality


brrrrrrr! it’s downright bone chilling cold in paris! today was our final day trudging though the slush and snow at the markets all weekend but i can definitely say our mission was accomplished!


i was fully focused on shopping with the crew so didn’t get much but photo memories which is somehow ok, at least this way i’ll have them forever.. and as my guy always says, you can’t buy it all!


going through the shots i couldn’t help but see that this trip i was attracted to art, paintings, sculpture and architectural artifacts…


the markets are so rich and thick that it really feels like a living, breathing museum. it’s a place where you can find junk juxtaposed with truly fine art.


and it’s not what a piece is worth but the joy it brings


and who makes the decisions as to what’s valuable if not the beholder?


the way the market vendors curate their booths is much more than you’d expect at a typical flea market and this year many sellers are really stepping up their game.


all sorts of busts and statuary are displayed as if they’re uber important pieces in super simple vignettes.


of course you can always find the funky, fun stuff


and the french certainly have a sense of humor about their past!


and one piece can really set a regal mood. you’d never know these were flea finds!


i guess i do wish i could buy it all and surround myself in my own tiny museum


but for now i’ll settle for just enjoying the pics and thinking about ways to incorporate more art in my world.


as for the gang, we finished up our weekend with stephane who always brings the market to life and today he greeted us in the cold with champagne and oysters, using snow in an ice bucket and along a huge silver tray for the shells he shucked. we had a ball and everyone left happy and well overfed. i’ll clue you in when the time comes as to what we all did but for now it’s off to bed, a couple pounds heavier but i guess that’s what winter is for, n’est-ce pas? enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 21, 2013. art, Fleamarkets, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping, Vanves Flea Market. 18 comments.

same stuff different day

hey guys, happy sunday!  we spent it with a lovely guest and hit the markets to give her the lay of the land. she asked me if it ever seemed the same each week.  i had to say no even though it really IS the same things over and over in a way. i but t never ceases  to fulfill the promise of something wonderful around every corner. i didn’t get a chance to take a lot of shots today but we were really focused.

i did pick up something for myself in a pile of books out back at clignancourt. it’s an old version of letters written from a  mother to her daughter that chronicled an era in paris in a way that was both literary and a sort of diary.

anyway i always wanted to know more about madame her since she lived in one of the most fabulous places in the city, hotel carnavalet.

and i couldn’t resist a 200 year old book…

sadly carnavalet is closed on mondays and we did vow to do something cultural.  maybe the musee des arts decortaif or the boheme show at the grand palais.

but if you know me,  ask monument vs market  and i’ll always choose the latter. turns out clignancourt is having another one of it’s famous fetes all weekend.

these old pics are from the program. crazy to think how many times this stuff really does go round and round!

i’m supposed to spend the next couple days writing about the markets for my book while i’m here. i realize now that you have to be obsessed with your subject to write about it.

and thankfully i am! tomorrow i’ll head back for one last day of fleaing till spring. ok well i’m off to bed. have a great night!

October 21, 2012. Carnavalet, Marché aux Puces, Mme Sevigne, Museums, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Vanves Flea Market, Vernaison Market. 7 comments.

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