Aug 28, 2010

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is a famous flea market in Paris. Known as Les Puces. It is located 18th arrondissement. Where the Puces are located, is in a poorer part of Paris and the market gets very crowded. The Puces covers 7 hectares and is the largest antiques market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend.

From Station metro Porte de Clignancourt, walking follow the crowds towards the large concrete overpass. First , I saw the clothing, African objects and household goods on streets along the way. The market and neighborhood is very colorful and you will love the diversity of personalities, stall keepers. Please be careful to hide your wallets and purses in this area. My friends wanted to buy some antique furniture, so we didn’t waste time to see the clothing, we walked fastly.

I was in rue des Rosiers, it is the main street. Walking down to go into the separate markets. Along Rue des Rosiers, there are several interesting shops, selling Art Deco furniture, fireplaces, mirrors and interesting decorative furniture. My friend have bought mirrors and some furniture at the second mirror dealer on the right. Further down on the left, before Serpette, is a shop that sells interesting decorative pieces, paintings, garden pieces etc. Good taste and worth a stop.

Marché Vernaison, at 99 rue des Rosiers is on my right. It is a winding market where I found anything from furniture to beads, to missing parts from antique commodes, textiles, paintings, antique toys, etc.
Marché Antica, at 99 rue des Rosiers, has a few dealers, a good Art Deco stand, several stands selling paintings and porcelain and a larger one that sells Chinese furniture in a good taste.
Marché Biron, 85 rue des Rosiers , I found hundreds of nice pieces of wood furniture, most in a country style. They are not always the cheapest stalls. Many furniture in Louis XV and Louis XVI, Empire-style furniture in the right side of Biron.
Looking for the sign after Marche Biron, we found Marché Cambo, at 75 rue des Rosiers, is a market with approximately 20 dealers.
Marché Malassis, 142 rue des Rosiers, selling furniture and objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as silver, Asian and archeological pieces. There are beautiful objects here.
Marché Dauphine, 140 rue des Rosiers, is on my left, it is the newest market and large . It isn't as easy to classify as many others. Here, I found everything from rare antiques, to decorative furniture pieces, to books, prints, funky art and vintage clothing, to rugs, to garden pots.
Marché Serpette, 110 rue des Rosiers and Marché Paul Bert, 96 rue des Rosiers and 18 rue Paul Bert. There are many selection of furniture, prints, paintings, mirrors, antique luggage, vintage clothing, hardware, art deco furniture and hardware, kitchen goods, etc etc.
Marché Jules Vallée, 7-9 rue Jules Vallée, is located behind Paul Bert and Marché Serpette and sells antiques, small items, records, religious art.

Discovering the market is the interesting idea, but needs a lot of times to see and choose the antiques. Try to go there in the morning. It’s not too crowded.

Station on Paris metro: Porte Clignancourt

Aug 23, 2010

Le Moulin Rouge.... I remembered when my final exam of haute couture class. The fashion show of ESMOD student was held here. In that morning, we had been there to prepare our last collections.
Le Moulin Rouge is located at 82, Boulevard de Clichy, 18 th arrondissement. This time I went with my husband to have dinner and enjoy the spectacular show of Moulin Rouge. I always admire their costumes, so eye-catching and beautiful. If you go to paris, don’t forget to go to Le Moulin Rouge.

Station on Paris metro: Blanche

A short walk from the Place du Tertre, I saw L’Espace Dali at 11 rue Poulbot, 18 th arrondissement. It’s a museum dedicated to the works of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, who spent part of his life in Paris.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers

Aug 20, 2010

Following the paths to the left of the Sacré Coeur. I saw a square called Place du Tertre. I felt in love with this Place du Tertre. There are many artists in the square. There were some artists painting the tourists, some were bargaining the price. I chose an old man to paint my face. While he was painting my face, I was enjoying the ambiance of the Place du Tertre. Especially when the dark comes, the view is more beautiful. There are many cafés and restaurant with the life music perfomance.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers

The long stairs to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Funiculaire de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

From Station metro Anvers, I walked up to the Hill of Montmartre. It’s a nice path, but I used to be carefull when I was walking up the hill.
Many pickpockets were in this area. I remembered my friend lost her money when someone crashed her.

There’s a funicular or funiculaire de montmartre which runs every minutes to go to the top of the hill. But I chose the long stairs to go up and enjoying the view of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur from the stairs. It's a beautiful view. The Basilique du Sacré Coeur is located at Parvis du Sacré Coeur, 18 th arrondissement.

As you walk towards the main entrance you can see a statue of Christ above you, and on either side there are statues of horses being ridden by Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc, a French peasant woman who led a rebellion against the English) and King Louis the Blessed. This church Romano-Byzantine style has one of the worlds largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. The main dome is the second highest point in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower). The bell tower contains the ``Savoyarde''. Cast in Annecy in 1895, it’s the one of the worlds heaviest at 19 tons. From the top of the Dome, there is a panoramic view in all directions extending over 30 kilometers.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers, Châteaux Rouge

Aug 11, 2010

Place de Clichy

Batignolles neighbourhood in the 17 th arrondissement, is a working-class area with the ethnic population. From Place de Clichy, an intersection of Times Square, it’s busy traffic. I went up to the Avenue de Clichy where many artists of the Ecole des Batignolles used to live such as Renoir, Degas, etc.

When I was in rue des Batignolles, I saw the Mairie Building of 17 th arrondissement. It’s a modern building among the twenty mairie in the Paris. Also there’s Sainte Marie des Batignolles church where is in the center of a courtyard with stylish café and boutiques. Behind me, it’s Square des Batignolles. Square des Batignolles is a romantic garden especially in the spring. There are playgrounds, duck pond, and rolling path for strolling.

Square des batignolles

Station on Paris metro: Place de Clichy, La Fourche, Brochant

Aug 9, 2010

The southwestern part of 17 th arrondissement is the upper-class area such as around Avenue des Ternes.Where the Marché Poncel is located, is more Haussmannian style. Marché Poncelet is located in rue Poncelet, 17 th arrondissement. The marché was like a small village. It is near des Champs Elysées. I could buy many fruits and vegetables in this market. Many tourists are in this market to see and feeling the ambiance of the small french market.

Station on Paris metro: Ternes

Aug 6, 2010

Night Christmas in Avenue Ternes

17 th arrondissement in Paris..... I remember when it was my first year in Paris. From the Station metro Argentine, I went down to rue des Acasias, then turned the second left to rue du Colonel Moll, 17 th arrondissement. It was a charming apartment with the beautiful bath tub, a big dining room, two charming bedroom. Exploring the neighbouhood was exciting. I used to go to Avenue Ternes. From rue du Colonel Moll, I went up to rue Saint Ferdinand then turned right to Avenue Ternes. Many shops in Avenue Ternes. Certainly I had to “faire du shopping” such as food (many restaurants), cds and books that I bought in FNAC, supermarket Monoprix and also GAP for my daily need . There were no major sights to see, museums to go to, just amazing Haussmannian architecture, real French people, and that atmosphere of the quintessential Paris.

Station on Paris metro: Argentine, Ternes

Can you find the original parfum?

Can you differentiate the product?

Exiting the Park Bois de Boulogne at Porte Dauphine, I went up to the rue de la Faisanderie. At the 16, rue de la Faisanderie, 16 th arrondissement, there is Musée de la Contrefaçon. It’s a museum of counterfeiting. Established in 1951 by Union des Fabricants (Organization of manufacturers). It exhibits more than 350 items, pairing each counterfeit with its authentic original. Many variety of items are displayed, including toys, pens, clothes, tools, toiletries, luxury goods, etc.

Station on Paris metro: Porte Dauphine

Aug 4, 2010

Neo renaissance style of Musée Galliera

The collections

One of accessories collections

Seeing the grands couturiers’s collections and the details of the creations in musée Galliera. It’s a museum of fashion. It’s neo renaissance palace. Located at 10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 16 th arrondissement, built in the end of 19 th century for the Duchesse de Galliera. It collects and displays creations of historical and contemporary fashion. Each year presents two exhibitions on a specific theme. It’s an interesting experience to learn and see the grands couturiers’s collections.

Station on Paris metro: Trocadero