Friday, May 4, 2012

Annual Brocante at Chambord

This past weekend was the annual brocante (or flea market) held on the majestic and magical grounds of the Chambord Chateau. They had approximately 450 participants that included professional antique dealers from all over France. 
Two picturesque areas were set up to sell grilled meats, fries and beer with covered outdoor seating. These proved to be very popular destinations and no wonder with the smell of the grilled food wafting through the air!
The vendors were well arranged with wide aisles that allowed easy access for wandering, bargaining and enjoying the day and festivities. An added bonus was free admission and parking. 

I set out for Chambord with my dear friend, Zabie, in a rented car. Wanting an early start to begin searching for those perfect treasures, we started our adventure the day before the event and stayed in a lovely gîte near to the castle grounds. This was the fourteenth year that the brocante was held and it was our first year. You can be very sure that this will not be our last time at the brocante in Chambord since we are already making plans for next year. 
Chambord is located in the Loire Valley and is one of the most prestigious castles in France. For more information you can visit the website for the domaine national de Chambord:

For a lovely review of our brocante adventure check out the blog of my dear friend, the Market Maven, at

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