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Oh what wonders can be found at the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen!

Saturdays and Sundays are great days to go to the largest flea market in Paris, the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market. Going to the Les Puces market is an adventure for the shopping senses, nothing will prepare you for what you will find and see! Our 2003 trip to Les Puces was great, an all day event, and we actually found something that we wanted to buy that we could actually take home with us without having to worry about extra baggage or shipping. No it was not the item in the photo, the four horses, but escargot forks. They have worked out great when eating shellfish.

The really fun and educational thing about the market is talking to the vendors about their wares. Most all of the items we looked at came from the late 18th and 19th centuries. There is a saying in France that explains the French way of life versus the American way of life, it goes something like this; “To the French 100 miles is a long way, to an American a hundred years is a long time.” Meaning we Americans don’t think about getting in the car and traveling 100+ miles in a day to go somewhere and the French don’t think of 100 years as a long time ago, most everything they own other than some clothes and their car, if they have one, are more than 100 years old. When we have an extra $1000 dollars to spend we think of buying something new, like a new stereo or tv, the French would go buy something old, like a piece of furniture or painting.

We cannot wait to be there in a couple weeks and see what “NEW” things they have! Oh what wonders can be found at the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen!

Oh what wonders can be found at the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen!

Oh what wonders can be found at the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen!

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