Pieces of Paris - Exploring the Puce

Before arriving in Paris I thought I had an idea of what the Marche aux Puce de Saint-Ouen would be like- large, confusing and probably a bit overwhelming for a non- French speaking antiques buying novice. But I was not expecting how absolutely wonderful my first experience in the Puce would turn out to be with the assistance of Danielle, our indispensable Antiques Diva. We arranged our guided tour well in advance of our trip through Toma Haines at antiquedivas.com and it was well worth every euro we spent. 

Prior to our trip Toma and Danielle spent time asking us questions so they understood what we were looking for and what we wanted from our visit to the Puce. They also provided much needed information regarding international shipping so we wouldn’t waste time dealing with that once we arrived.

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The Inspiration of Paris

Paris. The City of Light. The City of Love. The Center of Style and Design. The place for excellent cuisine and wine, where dining is an art form and afternoon strolls delight the senses.

The moment you walk out into the streets of Paris you are struck by the beauty of the city itself. There is a fusion of design from the simplistic beauty in the center door knobs on old entryways weathered through hundreds of years of passage to the intricate ironwork on gates and bridges. Different styles and periods merge.  The stately buildings of the Louvre and houses built centuries ago compliment the modern sleekness of Parisian shops along Rue Saint Honore. An antique shop rubbing shoulders with a minimalist furniture showroom with the latest designs  is representative of the juxtaposition of the old and the new that, in part, is what makes Paris timeless.

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