Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bastille Market

Markets are part of the fabric of French life. From the standard street markets to specialist antique, flower, organic and flea markets, Paris has them all.

Two weeks ago on a Wednesday night in Paris we were watching frames being erected across the street from our hotel and by Thursday morning, a flea market had appeared.

Organic fruits and vegetables.

Beautiful flowers.

Clothes, scarves, jewelry.

There was even fresh fish and other goodies. By the time we got back later that afternoon, the tents had been dismantled and everything cleared away. This particular flea market takes place every Thursday and Sunday from 7:00-2:30 but there are close to 100 that pop up all over the city at different times during the week.

All week we've had brilliant blue skies. Not a cloud to be seen.

And it is still very hot. Even now, just after 6 pm. it is 104 degrees. Although I've been watering every day, some of the flowering plants from last week have already dried up. The sun is just too intense mid-day.

I'm thankful that another weekend has rolled around. Hope you are having a great week so far. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy


Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How lucky you are to have a chance to go to one of these! I have seen these on TV and have longed to go to one! blessings,Kathleen

Elaine said...

Gosh ..nothing like a flea market being brought to your door. Looks like it had a variety of things and fresh fruit too. Have a good weekend.

Becky~ said...

Im love these as well.They look so fun with the flowers too.I would spend alot of money there lol.

Pearlin J said...

I love strolling through flea markets.Have a great weekend Tammy

erin said...

that flea market looks lovely!! but that BLUE sky, well that is something too!! i still remember your pictures of that dust storm.....hope all is well in your neck of the world.

Catherine said...

I just got home from our local Farmer's Market ~ but it looked nothing like this! Such a delight to the eyes and I can imagine the nose... Beautiful!
xo Catherine

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful market. Our local farmer's market is one hour away from my home and not that big but I do enjoy going every now and then.

Teresa said...

It's hot here too... not as bad as there, but it's hot and humid and I feel sticky most of the time. It seems the summer got here out of time...
I love open markets! That one seems to be wonderful--I see you had a wonderful time in France!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Flea Market!! Cool here..... no, actually cold. It is 1:30 p.m. & the temps are barely 50.... Burrrrr!! LOL!!

Linda said...

The market looks wonderful. I always noticed when I was in Toronto that they have open air markets along the storefronts of the city streets and it looks so different from say - Chicago - where they don't really have anything like that, except for special events.

Hooray for the blue sky - we have it too - but unlike you, Autumn is on the horizon and our temps are now feeling like it. Outside of Indian Summer which may or may not occur in October/November, we probably won't have many hot days now until next summer. We had our first light dusting of frost last night. I'm ready.

Have a great end of the week/weekend. After work tomorrow, we'll be off for beautiful Southern Illinois and our annual Family Reunion. :)

Kathleen said...

I'd love to wander through a French street market like that. Shame about your flowers but great for you to be seeing blue skies!

val said...

I remember the open air markets in Europe from when we lived there a zillion years ago. I love the colors and the smells...the vibrancy. You just can't get that in a mall.....totally different

Anonymous said...

D-r-e-a-m-y!! I imagine myself walking thru their fruit section, selecting a juicy peach and making a mess of myself meandering thru the rest of the market.
Tammy, do you think a small decorative umbrella would be helpful for your plants when it's too intense for them? I have done that for certain spots when the sun and heat were just too much - makes me feel like i did something good ;p

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy...Oh, I KNOW I'd love all the markets of France. Just my thing. Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Susan from

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Great post and it makes me feel like going back to Europe again... Just arrived home this morning by 2:00 AM after our 16-day trip.
Love to you,


Daydream Living said...

Hi Tammy!
Don't you too love Paris? It really has my heart and I hope to go back soon again, it's been 3 years ago now... thanks for all the lovely photo's, the markets are like the ones in amsterdam only with a Parisian flavour.
I was just talking about your Kuwait summers, how hot is, and sweetheart had to laugh loud, he has been many times to the middle east, but I had no clue it was that hot! I thought, ok it's hot but so hot that you can't even sleep with the windows open in summer? Well, we have colder weather starting in the mornings and early evenings here, so before you know it, I have to wear my Uggs again...
Anyway, girl, love to chat some more but gotta gow, it's bedtime!
Maureen x

Grateful4Crochet said...

Those markets look amazing!!
Thanks for your lovely comment at my blog
Hope your week is lovely too

Anonymous said...

Well, those blue skies are sure heart warming! But it's still hot? Oh, dear.

Nothing says beautiful like a French Market..the colors and smells just warm your soul. I'm so happy you got to experience this one. Did you buy anything? A scarf? Some pretty flowers?

We had a touch of snow on the high mountains last night (it's gone now) so we're having TOTALLY different weather than you are! Want to come for a visit? We can take a nice hike in the mountains in the cool crips air.

I wish.....but, have a good week my friend.

nanny said... much fun!!

When it gets 100 degrees here and the hot winds are blowing, it just doesn't help to water plants, they just can't survive. So sad!

Diane said...

I'm sorry about your plants Tammy. Probably all the water you could pour on them wouldn't help them in that heat. The flea markets must be so fun, it just sounds like Paris to me. I'm so glad you got to go. Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Is this your normal temperatures, Tammy? When does it cool off and how cool does it get? We have had UNUSUALLY hot weather here. I just wondered if yours was unusual or the norm? I tell you it wears on me! It cooled off some today, thank goodness. Those markets look so fun and full of good stuff. The street vendors in Florence would pop them up during the day and roll them away in the evening. That was all touristy stuff, not like these beautiful fruits and vegetables, but it was fun to watch them go up and down. Stay cool. blessings ~ tanna

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

We were 104 this week, and have finally dropped...yea!

Thanks for letting me walk through the market with you...something I have not experienced in real much fun...have a great weekend

Jane said...

Nothing would make me happier than to look out and see a flea market being set up outside my hotel! What a fabulous way to spend the day!!!

Serena said...

I love a good old fashioned market....very nice and check out those sunflowers! Delightful!

Such a shame about the plants drying up despite regular watering. We're having a warm spring day here...a taste of our hot, humid summer yet to come.

Serena xo

no spring chicken said...

Now how come nothing like that ever pops up overnight across the street from me? What fun!

Blessings, Debbie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Aren't the markets great in France.
I loved wandering around just looking at everything.
I do hope that it cools down a little for you and wishing you a great weekend


Anonymous said...

I once visited the markets in Paris and they are indeed absolutely amazing. I love that some shoppers also carry the traditional little baskets for their shopping too.
thanks for sharing my friend
have a lovely day and if you get chance,please feel free to grab my autumn background freebie today at my Dezinaworld blog
hugs June xxxxx

The English Romantic said...

Hi Tammy,
French markets are so delicious with all those olives,nuts and cheeses. Today we had a visiting French market here in Taunton so I've bought some lovely goodies for my lunch.
Smiles, Angela.

Creative Breathing said...

Of all the cities my husbands travels to, Paris is his most favorite. He leaves again for there tomorrow. I told him to be sure and look for the Love Locks. He didn't know that is what they were - so cute! This is such a wonderful trip for you, thank you for sharing your adventures with us! Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

I love those kind of flea markets. Never know what kind of goodies you'll find. I bet you picked up a couple of those scarfs.

Chow, Melissa

Anonymous said...

Oh how I would love to walk through a french market with you!
You are such a traveler, I never go anywhere!

thanks for letting me tag along, even if only in a virtual way!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

June said...

Hi T,
Now that is heat! I am not sure how you deal with that kind of heat, but I would melt I'm sure. Or look like the little potted flower you showed us. Oh wait...I DO look like that!!!! ;-)
I love open markets and wish I lived closer to Boise where they have a few every week during the Summer. So colorful, but it is the people I love...everyone out having a great time and in such friendly moods. This must have been a lovely sight to see in Paris.
sending hugs...

flowers on my table said...

It is lovely when you have a hotel room with such an interesting view. All the produce looks wonderful. Thankyou so much for popping in and leaving lovely comments. I am indeed lucky to have all this lovely over abundance. Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Hi Tammy, Thanks for your lovely comments. I can guess your parcel has not arrived I am sorry, I hope it will not be damaged.
We still have a few flea markets going but nothing like it used to be, people just are not buying still.
best wishes Julie.C

Kay said...

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Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure if I lived in Paris, no work would get done on Thursdays or Sundays, as I would be LOST in the fabulous flea markets around town. I cannot believe how amazing those markets look. I would need lots of spending money, because I would want to buy everything I saw. You must have enjoyed looking at all the tents so much!! Paris looks like an incredible city. I will put it on my list of places to visit one day!!
Stay cool, my friend!!


SusanLotus said...

Very nice photos from the market! The most beautiful creations - fruits and flowers! :)
Enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

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