I have returned to France after being gone a few months due to surgery .
I am doing great and my new knee works perfectly. Thanks to all of you for your
warm get well wishes, they worked.
The first place I went was to the Dordogne. This is the view out the front door.The flowers are all in bloom and the gentle rain has turned everything green. It is lovely. Then I spent awhile in Paris where my friend and I had tea at the Ritz. How about this pastry?
From there I went to St. Remy de Provence which was fabulous. All but the weather, I expected it to be warm but it was quite chilly. My first day I went to Villeneuve-Les-Avignon Flea Market which was a real adventure. It was huge and I walked for what seemed like forever. I was successful in finding so many things for my web sites.
Here are just a couple of new things that you will see:
These six beautiful lavender transferware dessert plates.
Beautiful hand crocheted French antique table runner
If you want to see more, just go to either of my web sites. www.frenchvintagehome.com or etsy.com/store/frenchvintagehome.
So much more is coming, I am trying to get as much photographed and uploaded as I possibly can.
Every month I send out a newsy newsletter about France. Places to go, places to see, places to eat and more.
I include recipes and more product from French Vintage Home.
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It has been a very busy time for me and I have not been back to France for a few months. Not the least of which was a new great grandson born just before Christmas. As soon as I have my knee surgery next week, I will hope for a quick recovery so I can go back soon. In the meantime, these lovely pictures keep Paris on my mind. Wishing you all get to go this year too. The magic awaits. For a lovely authentic French lunch at a reasonable price go to L'Orillon in the 11th arrondisment. Typical and delicious French food. Something unique which I haven't tried yet but will one day soon is Sunday lunch at Jimmy Haynes. Google him and check it out, if you go let me know. As I haven't been yet. It could be great, or not, just different... he says "Every week for the past 30 years, I've hosted a Sunday dinner in my home in Paris. People, including total strangers, call or e-mail to book a spot. I hold the salon in my atelier, which used to be a sculpture studio. The first 50 or 60 people who call may come, and twice that many when the weather is nice and we can overflow into the garden. Every Sunday a different friend prepares a feast. Last week it was a philosophy student from Lisbon, and next week a dear friend from London will cook."
Bisous to all..... Merci Beaucoup Be sure to check out my web sites... lots of new things www.frenchvintagehome.com and www.etsy.com/shop/frenchvintagehome
This morning was the Friday Market in Riberac, France. It is held every Friday rain or shine. Not only is it the place to buy the most wonderful fruits and vegetables but it is a wonderful place to meet up with friends for a coffee.....
The market is full of lucious offerings, I am afraid I always buy too much.
Here are a few new things I hope you like that are on my web sites. There is so much more so I hope you will find a moment to look at them. www.frenchvintagehome.com and www.etsy.com/shop/frenchvintagehome
This is a brass pediment from a piece of 18th century French furniture. I am sure you will find many uses for it. I like it on a wall over a picture frame or mirror but anywhere you put it, it will look lovely.
I seem to see people totally relaxing about the way they dress. I remember the time when we wore our best clothes on the airplane and today not at all. It does take a little extra effort but it is so worth it. As I live in two countries, the difference is obvious to me. Here in America we seem to think shorts and tee shirts can go anywhere, not in France. Oh the good old days.
Marcel Fromenti fashion drawings from Lady Magazine 1953
Lady in Tweed from Tumblr
If you remember any of these looks, please send me an email. I would love to know that I am not alone on this issue. I travel a lot and usually wear black, a nice sweater and good fitting pants makes for a comfortable and pretty outfit. Don't forget adding a shawl or scarf. It looks good and is practical on a plane that might be too cold. If you have a friend who might be interested in reading about my American French life, please let me know. I would love to share my thoughts with your friends. I hope you like the images I have selected for you. Great cafes you may not have been to yet....I have tried them all and thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope you do too. La Bossue Montmartre in the 18th arrondissment Le Valentin Salon de The Opera in the 9th arrondissment Fragments Paris Marais in the 3rd arrondissment Merci Beaucoup, Audrey
I am about to return to France and am really looking forward to going to the flea markets. It's Springtime so for me that means more brocantes, flea markets and vide greniers.
The Fabulous French Flea Markets
I start my day with the usual croissant and cafe creme and then I am good to go. I try to go to as many brocantes as I can on Sunday which is the day most of them are open. I start at the Porte de Vanves flea market and have a few things in mind to get there. Different flea markets are known for different things. This one has tons of silver, dishes and small things for the home. L'ile sur la Sorgue is better at the furniture. It is gorgeous and if you are looking for some piece in particular, there is a strong possibility they will have it. Here are a few things I got from recent brocantes in Southwest France. You can click on the link and get more information about any of the items listed here. Of course there are hundreds more on the web sites....www.frenchvintagehome.com and www.etsy.com/shop/frenchvintagehome I would love for you to check it out. CLICK HERE
If you have any questions about the flea markets in France, please be in touch and I will help you all I can. Or, you can go to https://vide-greniers.org/ and find out where there is a flea market near you in France. Happy Shopping!!!! A Bientôt