While there are a great many things that I love about Paris (the gorgeous architecture, the beautiful museums, the incredible food, etc...), the Paris flea markets have got to be at the very top of my list.
I consider myself a fairly experienced flea market shopper. I mean, I've been to Brimfield, I can tell the difference between reproductions and authentic pieces, and I can even bargain like a pro (well, kinda of). Yet, despite all the hundreds of hours I've probably spent antiquing, nothing really prepares one for the Paris Flea Markets. Each time I go, I am just completely blown away. Just the sheer size of the markets is awe-inspiring. They go on and on and on...the further "in" you go, the better they seem to get.
After an intense morning of shopping, we needed a break and the girls were hungry, so we stopped for lunch at a really cute cafe. And aside from the fact that the waitress totally lied to us and told us we could only order full meals for all four of us (while the French couple at the next table sat down and just ordered coffee!), the burgers were still pretty delish!
I'll be back tomorrow with photos from our afternoon shopping and some helpful tips...