Bonjour, Paris! We are (almost) on our way. This is a trip that we have excitedly been planning for over a year, and we can’t believe that it’s just around the corner. In two short weeks, we will be accompanying a great group of nine women on a shopping expedition, mostly for the antiques and French objets in all our favorite haunts around the Paris area. We have a shipper on speed dial and a container to be filled. So now all we need to do is shop shop shop, til we all drop! Would you like a taste?
Day 1. We’ll meet up at our favorite pied a terre in Paris in the 7th arrondissement, and then accompany our guests to their gorgeous Paris Perfect apartments, giving them a little taste of life in the ‘hood, with a walking tour of some of our local haunts. We’ll have a welcome dinner at a fabulous local restaurant, and then it’s early to bed, because day 2 is a busy day!
Day 2. Now down to serious business! We will hop on the train and go to an island in the Seine called Chatou, about 40 minutes outside of Paris (and one of Renoir’s favorite places to visit). We’ll be scouring a fabulous flea market here called “La Foire aux Jambons,” which is a vestige from the Middle Ages when hundreds of vendors gathered in Paris to sell their hams during Holy Week. In more recent years, antique dealers added their wares, and now this fair is the most wonderful combination of fine antiques, flea market finds and the best ham you have ever tasted! It’s our favorite market (remember the blog we wrote about it last year, with Nancy Franke?) and it only happens twice a year. You can be sure we’ll be there all day!
Day 3. We’ll get up early (again) and head to Porte de Vanves, where one of our other favorite flea markets is held every Saturday and Sunday. We love this one for small things, like art, jewelry, antique silver and other finds that can usually be packed away in a suitcase. Vanves ends promptly at noon, so then we’ll head to the St. Germain part of town, for some retail shopping, and possibly duck in to Paris’ oldest Church, to see if someone is practising the organ for Sunday’s service. What a treat that would be!
Day 4. Just a little rest for the weary. It turns our the Sunday market at Clignancourt does not start up bright and early, so we’ll sleep in a little, and then hop on the metro for one of our biggest treats:
Day 5 and 6: It’s been a busy few days, and we promise to give our guests a little break. So on the last days of the trip (and not to give everything away!), armed with our top secret Black book of “Huffington Haunts,” our guests will have the option to venture out on their own, or tag along with us as we continue to shop at some of our favorite haunts.
The planning has been so much fun, but we can’t wait for the real thing! Even though our most recent container has just arrived, we’re always eager beavers craving for more. We’ll be on the lookout for our store, but more than anything, we’ll be happy to share our favorite haunts with our new bff’s and to make this the trip of a lifetime for all of us! Wish you could tag along …