Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Antiquités Brocante

 Here are some photos from the annual Antiquités Brocante held at Place de la Bastille along the Seine.

This year there are 480 antique dealers and brocanteurs who are participating as well as numerous food, wine and refreshment vendors. The food and drink options have increased this year to offer more options and more seats. You can delight in sampling local wines, cheeses and charcuteries or you can opt for a traditional hot meal. Each year there is a booth offering hot mint tea and pastries that I find to be the perfect refreshment.

The views are beautiful along the Seine, the people watching is super and the merchandise ranges from funky to unique to magnificent. In other words, something for everyone.

The entrance fee is 8 euros and the theme this year is "le soleil et la mer". The event opened on the 4th of May and it will continue until the 13th of May. Hours are from 11:00am to 7:00pm. The mètro is Bastille.

Be sure to ask for a ticket when you leave so that you have the option to return. If something is out of your budget, it may be worth going back nearer to the closing of the event to see if the dealer will be willing to bargain a bit more. Although, I must confess that I did that last year and missed out on a beautiful living room side table. Oh well!

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