The girls and I had so much fun on the 2014 Fall Brocanting Tour to France: From Paris to Normandy from September 26 – October 3. We extended our stay in Paris at the end of the tour until October 6…why not stay longer? You can read about the first part of the tour HERE.
Here is an overview of the last 5 days we were in France.
Day 6: It was an early start for us today as we traveled to Caen to shop my favorite warehouses for French furniture and accessories. I could stay in these places forever! I think our tour host had to literally drag us out of here!
This is French antique heaven for me!
After we shopped ‘til we dropped, a casual delicious dinner helped finish our evening.
Day 7: Another busy day of brocanting with lots of stops and getting to visit a French linen mill with to-die-for authentic French linen fabric.
A highlight of the trip was a visit to Cat’s home, Rabbit Hill. She has done an amazing job of decorating and it’s truly a study in French Country décor. She cooked dinner for us which was delicious slow-cooked duck and we ended the meal with a fantastic homemade pear tart as we ate by candlelight.
Day 8: As we came to an end to the actual tour, it was a road trip back into Paris for the Marche aux Puces at St Ouen. We added a couple more “bodies” to our stash!
We had a wonderful apartment in the St. Germain area on the Left Bank with a view of a beautiful cathedral right across the street.
Day 9: I always look forward to the Porte de Vanves flea market and this one didn’t disappoint.
The brocante only lasts until 1:00 so we headed to the right bank to check out the très chic store, Merci.
Day 10: It’s always fun to find a brocante you’ve never been to and that’s exactly what we did on our last day. It was an interesting mix of items set out on a long street in the 13th arrondissment.
Our last evening was spent strolling the cobblestone streets of St. Andre des Arts and Rue de Buci. There was a magical glow in Paris this evening as dusk settled in and the business and street lights began to burn.
It’s always hard to say good-bye but we headed home very early the next morning. The last 2 posts have been a general overview of our tour. I’ll be posting more in-depth about the places we visited and the wonderful pieces we bought.