Every morning I awake to a bedful of sun.
The view from where I lay and other details of my bedroom…
Flea market finds! These are all from Foire nationale à la brocante et au jambon the twice yearly flea market that comes to Paris. And that I only know about thanks to Jeanne from Kansas!
Falling to pieces old books with incredible covers.
Sweet monogrammed napkins. I'll use for dishtowels.
A small mountain of paper, only some of which I'll tease you with here. Some with a stamp of the Napoleonic Empire!
Embroidered tablecloths. The white one is COVERED with embroidery with red stitching along the hem, in perfect condition. 10 euros!
My "stranger" for dinner was another blogger who lives in La Borne, France, a small village of potters a couple hours south by train. Chrissy arrived bearing gifts made by her husband Hugh along with a lovely bottle of Sancerre wine. I was especially thrilled by that as I'd written it down as one to try while here in Paris.
I was utterly charmed by my new friend and enjoyed spending the last few days together. What a rare treat. Especially for someone like me who leans towards introversion. You wouldn't know it from all the yacking we did. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Eeeyowww! You scored, lady! What wonderful “stuff”.
Yep, I drooled a little when reading this post!! I bet that Paris journal is brimming with absolute goodness!! Thanks for sharing – I’ll go wipe my mouth now and wait for the next post… 🙂
What will it take to have you *share* some of the lovely papers you are stashing away?? Perhaps we could help you unpack 🙂 I;m thoroughly enjoying your trip!
What fun finds at the flea! And lucky you to have a ‘local’ friend to pal around with, someone to help you bargain 🙂 Also loved seeing your apartment rooms/details as if I were just awakening there also. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Mary Ann,
Your treasures have me planning my next visit to Paris. It sounds like you are having a fabulous time. Thank you for a wonderful escape into your trip. 🙂
Julie L. Holleran says
Hi MA–Lovely, lovely Paris–what great finds and views–thank you for taking this armchair traveler along….Merci beaucoup mon amie du laptop (!!) julierose
Greetings Moss Cottage, What wonderful treasures:)Ahh if only, and meeting new friends the best. I can not beleive that there is only a week to go.I think we should pack up and just move to this wonderful place.All these years and finally have someone who has the heart and soul to really see what Paris is all about. euros are the things expensive compared to the dollar? The table cloths are beautiful,I can close my eyes and see this wonderful women making all those lovely stitches:)Thank you so for the Flea Market trip love these kind of things. Im so glad you went with a friend to show you around this always lets you get to the best places.The books well there are not many words to discribe how a book feels.
Have a great day,
What a treat for us to see your treasures from the flea market.
Something Napoleonic would fit perfectly in our home which has
our Maine Coon cat, Napoleon, as our king and ruler!
Have another great week and thanks again for bringing us along!
Philippa, New Zealand says
thanks for your posts Mary Ann. you are reminding me of my trip last sept!! one of my favourite places was shakespeare and company bookshop – wonder if you are popping in there??? enjoy your week! Philippa
am drooling over the escutcheons on the armoire…
April Cole says
What a wonderful time you are having, thank you for sharing your photos.
I adore the Embroidered tablecloths, such sweetness! :]
I always meet more people when I travel alone. I’m glad you’re having such a great time. Oh, and I’m still jealous!
Saucy Chick Sherry says
How lovely you were able to spend time with a fellow blogger. I truly love your treasures you are acquiring while on Holiday. Ahh…an entire week more in Paris. Let’s make it the best week ever! Thank you for continuing to take us along with you my dear Miss Mary Ann Moss.
I was enjoying your Paris posts then jumped over to find that Chrissy was there also and you were there together. How do you spell jealous?!! I am sure that you had a wonderful time and thank you so much for sharing it with those of us who couldn’t join in person.
Hi Mary Ann,
I just popped in to take a peek at your view of Paris.
LoVe all your posts, inspiring, fun and entertaining !
Though I admit I am feeling pea green,
and not because of St Patty’s Day.
ENJOY & thank you for sharing the beauty.
wow, love your flea market finds! You get to spend two glorious weeks in Paris, lucky you! I am there for 8 days. Two more days to go!!
Janet Ghio says
I hope you brought an empty suitcase for all your wonderful finds. We have only one more week??
That door reminds me of a cello. And that earthenware red mug! *covets* My kingdom for handmade red mugs.
Isn’t it delightful to wake up and see what the world looks like from someone else’s windows?
Elizabeth Freeman says
I wouldn’t be able to resist going by one of the addresses on the postcards just to see what it was like and to know….
how wonderful. love your finds and glad we made a new friend. it was so much fun at the flea market, thanks for taking me along.
Michele Unger says
I envy you the flea market so much—but I’m also delighted you got to go and shared it all with us. I also love your eye for the small details that add up to wonderful photos. Keep on having fun! We are all having a wonderful time in Paris in your pocket!
Kimberly Jones says
Amazing finds! I love the crumbling books and the paper stash! Wonderful to make a new friend too!
I can only imagine the huge trunk you will need to ship all your beautiful treasures home in…they probably won’t fit in the luggage! What a wonderful time you’ve had. I’ve been to Paris once, 20 years ago, and it shows up in my dreams still!
Brian Kasstle says
Hurray for new friends! Yes, doesn’t vacations seem to go by twice as fast in Europe? It is like some weird vacation space time continum thingeemabob.