Thinking about a French fix soon? Please join us! We’re headed to beautiful Paree in March (the 15th through the 21st – yes, just a few short months away) for a buying trip to Paris and would love some company.
On our buying trips, we’ve got one mission and that’s to snap up whatever goodies and treasures catch our eyes – and your eyes. This is a great trip for anyone who’s got a design project going or who maybe just loves the thrill of the hunt for Louis’s, Napoleans or Directories.
We take care of all the nitty-gritties like negotiating with the vendors and finding out the provenance – and the sweet stories that seem to accompany many of the pieces we are attracted to. On our list is also taking care of the shipping details and all important paperwork (which is no small feat to the uninitiated!)
The days are are a wonderful whirlwind of the Metro, an Uber or two and plenty of pavement-pounding and we love every minute. We tromp around a medieval pig-market-turned-fabulous-antique-fair; meander through Les Puces (the famous flea market); and maybe do a little retail damage on the rue Faubourg St. Honore. Or we may soak up some serious culture during the downtime. It’s six days of fast-paced adventuring and there’s never a dull moment.
The trip goes something like this:
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time for breakfast:
And then it’s time to shop! The first stop is a fair outside of Paris where the dealers are lined up and down little alleys and you can find everything and anything:
We like to use public transportation whenever we can and in Paris, it’s super fast, clean and easy.
And, of course, after all that shopping, we all need a little reward:
It’s not a trip to Paris unless there’s some serious food involved and meals are a top priority. We dine in lovely, welcoming neighborhood restaurants where the cuisine is seasonally based and deliciously prepared.
Also on the agenda for our antique and one-of-a-kind shopaholics is a favorite street market, very much off the beaten path. We love this one for its quirky selection of smalls – silver, vintage jewelry, china and fabulous art. Every once in a while, we spy a famous French celeb, happily digging through the piles – just like we’re doing.
Several full days are devoted to Les Puces, the world-reknown flea market. We adore les fleas and the hundreds of stalls and vendors selling everything from the gilt-iest mirrors to the crunchiest of tables, chairs and consoles. Oh and a soupçon of mid-century modern to spice things up because that’s how les Francais like to do it: it’s all about le mix. Did we mention jewelry, art and even a dab of vintage Chanel? The next few days are a madhouse of treasure-spotting, negotiating, paperwork and finally, lunch.
Finally, we wrap it all up with an off-duty day and some time to explore on our own. On our list to see: the Rodin Museum, the d’Orsay and L’Orangerie all for jaw-droopingly gorgeous art; the cool trend-spotting store Colette; and the Marais. Oh wait! Don’t forget a visit to Hermes in the 7th (formerly a public swimming pool); Bon Marche (Paris’ equivalent to Bergdorf Goodman); and Notre Dame to find the geographic center of Paris (embedded in cobblestones in front of the cathedral.)
Hope you’ve enjoyed your armchair travel to Paris and if the real thing sounds good, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to take you to Paris.
P.S: warm and happy Thanksgiving wishes from all the Huffingtons.