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Paris Part Three - Ending on a personal note

Friday, 25 April 2014 22:29:50 Europe/London

Ending on a personal note, I took my 10 year old daughter Darcey on this trip (although she didn't come to the markets, I'm working on her enthusiasm). She has dreamt of visiting Paris since a young age, she watches a lot of B&W films and fell in love with Paris before she knew where or what it was. 

I have seen the sites before, luckily a few times now but seeing them through the eyes of a 10 year old is by far the best way to do it. I have never thought of looking at architecture upside down, forming a arch under the Arc de Triomphe, stopping to dance with the street entertainers instead of avoiding eye contact and grunting at them, seeing how long it takes to run round the Eiffel Tower as well as looking at the views from the top after spinning on the spot, skipping instead of walking along the beautiful river banks, stopping to read every sticker on every lamppost, admiring amazing doorknockers and peeking through grand courtyard doors. It took the innocence of a 10 year old to remind me that life is amazing, it opened my eyes to things I often miss. I thank Darcey for showing me an entire new side to Paris, an upside down, full of fun and adventure...... Paris 

 

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On our last night as we climbed into bed she said "It feels like we've just got here, I don't want it to end", so we chucked on our clothes and we saw the sites by night too (sober which was a first for me) and then when we finally got home she said, "We really did see Paris and it was much more then I thought it would be" ...... for me too Darcey xx 

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Paris Part Two - Antique Market

Friday, 25 April 2014 21:53:43 Europe/London

I'm really sorry part two has taken so long, I've been busy trying to catch up with work whilst juggling school holidays. Finally I have got my head above water and I'm determined to keep the posts coming. 

A long awaited Paris Part Two. 

One of my favourite things to do in Paris (apart from drinking Vin Rouge and eating Crepes), is visiting the amazing antique markets, better known as flea markets. The most famous is at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). It is massive, in fact it's the largest antique market in the world. There is so much to take in, I literally can't hold a conversation in English or broken French without gasping in excitement between each blink, it's seriously random and bloody brilliant! 

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I was talking to a lady from a local paper about my recent trip and she said she had attempted to find it but got lost, so here's a little route planner. 

Take the metro to Porte de Clignancourt on line 4, when you exit the metro you have to walk alongside a modern market (this will be on your left), cross the road and follow the market through until you are transported back in time. 

WARNING be streetwise, this is a world famous market, it attracts a lot of visitors and therefore you can expect pick-pocketers. The first time I visited, I found the modern market a bit intimidating but once I'd crossed that road and made it to the antique part I felt absolutely fine. 

Saturday and Sundays are the best days to go and the earlier the better, you'll need all the time you can get and be aware a lot of the stalls/ shops close for lunch. 

Saturday 9.00 - 18.00

Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 

I tried to whip my camera out as much as I could but the stall holders get funny and I got shouted at a few times. Deciding a trail of shouting, unhappy stall holders was not a good look so decided little is more. This seriously is a small taster of what this fascinating maze of gutt wrenching nostaglia has to offer. 

So many lights on offer, everywhere you look!! 

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I love a good chair!!! 

 

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Random Test Tube Barbies!!

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Love Locking, Pont des Arts, Paris

Sunday, 23 March 2014 17:34:40 Europe/London

I took a trip to Paris recently…… I’m sharing it in parts as I believe it deserves it!!  

 Paris Part 1

 Love Locking, Pont Des Arts, Paris

 Paris is known worldwide as the city of love and visually it’s upped its game with this symbolic trend of love locking. I have seen pictures of this dotted worldwide but most famously photographed at The Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché bridges inParis. There are rumours that these bridges symbolise different commitments altogether, The Pont des Arts is for your committed partner and Pont de l’Archevêché is for your lover.

 Couples write their names and messages on a padlock and lock it onto the bridge. They then throw the key into the river below symbolizing their undying love. I was warned not to take this light hearted as the only way to unlock this lovers bond is by retrieving the key and unlocking the padlock.  It was reported last year that the government who claim the lovers locks are an eyesore and will ultimately result in structure damage removed the padlocks from Pont des Arts. There are also common accounts of heartbroken believers taking to their ex lovers padlocks with cutters through desperation to unlock their hearts, maybe it was just a bad year for love?! Romance however is far from dead and it didn’t take long for this bridge to be filled once again. There were talks to give hopeless romantics a more practical place to lock their love with metal tree structures along the banks but it has yet to happen and so this trend remains an ongoing debate between practicality versus symbolism. 

Paris - Part 1

Paris - Part 1

Paris - Part 1

Paris - Part 1

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