Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August

Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.

Postcard from Paris Plages

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Paris Plages is open mid-July to mid-August, even if it rains. To watch the  updated video in HD high quality, I suggest you put the YouTube setting to 720p (the wheel in lower right corner of video).

On the Hotel de Ville plaza play volleyball or wheelchair basketball. Fill up your water bottle at the “Eau de Paris” stations (eau=water). This is the 12th annual Paris Plages sponsored by the mayor’s office of Paris (Mairie de Paris). Paris Plages is always in three locations: Along the Seine (Voie Georges Pompidou), Hôtel de Ville plaza, and Villette. Music, activities, dancing, etc.

This is a reissue of yesterday’s deleted post. The video was not high quality.

Music: Charles Tenet “Marie-Therese” photos: Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson

Paris Hôtel de Ville Guided Visit

YouTube Preview Image Visit Paris city hall in French. Weekly visits are available for thirty individuals. It is recommended to sign up at least two months in advance. During the summer, visits are held twice a week. More information is available at Salon d’Accueil, 29 rue de Rivoli (4° arrondissement) from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Their phone number is +33142764343. If you are in a group, call +33142765404. The tours are in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and last one hour.

He Stole My Wallet But Got Caught — The Update

Palais de justice stairway colleensparis

A lucky victim of a potential pickpocket scheme is Mary Kay. She recently had the tingling “beware” effect of someone’s presence and kept her wallet. In Mary Kay’s recent post on Out and About in Paris she shares tips and photos on how not to become the victim. Undercover police save me from losing everything. This is the court follow-up to my pickpocket adventure. Beware they are still out there.

Update of Plan for July 14 (14 Juillet) in Paris

July 14 Bastille Day Fireworks Paris; photo by Rob Johnstone from a special street; write to me to find out where

This is an update of yesterday’s entry for planning your July 14 day and evening. The theme for this year’s 14 Juillet festivities was a commemoration of the Great War (1914-1918). Eighty nations who participated in the conflict participated in the Champs Elysées military parade. “War and Peace” was theme for the fireworks and music on an almost full moon evening. Whatever you do, place to be is right there in front of the spectacle. We had the side view from Pont d’Alma.