One word describes the St-Ouen market: wow! This famous flea market on the northern edge of the 18th arrondissement has anything you might be looking for and more. It would have been easy to fill a shipping container with all the pieces I found that I loved, but it would have completely drained all bank accounts. Block after block of shops held anything you could possibly dream of. My dear friends Teresa and Joanie would be lost for days in this shopper’s paradise.
I did find the one perfect piece on my must have list, a Schneider art nouveau desk lamp. I had two goals for my stay in Paris; one awesome photograph, and an art nouveau desk lamp. One down and one to go.
You could easily spend days going through all the shops, but after finding my treasure we headed towards the metro station at a leisurely pace. Paranoid I would break the irreplaceable Schneider art glass, we made our way directly back to the apartment.
After safely depositing the desk lamp in the apartment, we ventured back out with a Rick Steves restaurant recommendation as our destination. It was in the Montmartre area, but away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic. This one turned out to be a good recommendation so Rick earns some points.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and looking into shops. Montmartre seems to be the windy spot of Paris, so I didn’t last too long without ducking into a shop to avoid the wind. The sun did shine now and then, but temperatures were still cool.