I stayed at an Accor hotel at Porte de Saint-Ouen very close by - are those the same? Our experience was fine - clean and basic, all we wanted - but I see some very negative reviews. Our room was clean and not smelly but some people say the hotel stank and they couldn't open the window in the room. I've also stayed at an Etap in Germany and it was perfectly acceptable as well.
I confess I prefer the debauched ironer over Milo. And I'm craving a visit to the bookshop.
I just realized that I didn't let everything load before firing off an answer on the previous page. Thus, I had to go back to look for Baby Milo. That was an enjoyable revisit, anyway. Baby Milo, huh? Kerouac, hie thee back to the flea market and pick up a gross of those t-shirts. We'll all wear them when we hold the Port get-together at your place, and that will keep you from losing us when you shepherd us around to the flea market and other crowded spots.
This is such a sensual photo essay. You have created a wonderful feel for the market, which I would love to go to today. I missed some special parts which I didn't know existed and would love to see...the vendors having lunch and your special library. It remains the most fascinating market that I have ever been to yet. ( next would be the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul) It is an enjoyable outing even if you don't have the need or desire to buy anything. The experience is exciting, textured and vital. The vendors love to chat with you and many of them have an in depth knowledge of the historical period of what they sell and of the market itself and its day to day goings-on. Most people don't realize how easy it is to get there from the centre of the city, hop on the metro and you are there in under a half hour.
Your mystery item is lovely and it could come and live with me. It vaguely reminds me of a tiered sewing box that I once had. I don't think it's for hats (not enough depth) or for film. Cheese ? The only solution to this mystery is for you to go back and find out. You can treat yourself and take it home.
And I thought it was only in FAMILY get-togethers that we had to avoid the photo with aunt Millie.
(Not her name). I do have an aunt like that, but she is a whole generation older, not a few years. And at least past 70, would wear things like that. Very cringeworthy for us "girls", although all the girls are at least 45 now...
I could spend days in the book section,although,the one book section,with them all disorganized,I would have trouble with the OCD part of me trying to organize... I agree with you Jazz,this is right up there,or from the photos anyway,seems to be,with the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Somewhere I long to go back to someday. Thanks again for a sumptuous tour there, K.
Frankly, my report on the flea market is complete, so there is plenty of room for digression now, depending on what captivated anybody's interest, just as the round wooden tray box intrigued me. While the ridiculous (or avant-garde) clothes on sale are not of interest to everybody, I consider them to be the heart and soul of the flea market which would otherwise just be yet another antique market. And if it were that, I probably would not visit it more than once, because I am not really fascinated by antiques except when they are in total disorder like in some of the shops.
As for feeling dismissed, I am sorry if Jazz feels that way because it is not my intention to 'dismiss' anybody. I do not react to every single thing written because some comments are complete in themselves and do not require further development. One fault that I do have is to forget to reply to every question that is asked, so please do not hesitate to take me to task for that if any questions are left.
K2 - there was a thread three years ago on TTR where you failed to answer something. I hope you don't make a regular habit of it. I also remember a comment I commented on about your comment that commented on another comment that resulted in a query that wasn't answered. That's how I remember it anyway.
I still haven't washed my favourite long-sleeved ones since returning on Wednesday - had a lot of work to catch up on. Must do that today.
I thought both you and casimira made very sensitive and pertinent comments, Jazz. And I did pick up on your restaurant comment - saying I'd never eaten in the market. I'd certainly like to someday, but I remember that the last time I went, it was in the morning and I had to meet my friends who lived near La Fourche for lunch at a restaurant on rue de Clichy (if I recall, might have been rue de St-Ouen - it was at a bar-café-resto run by Kabyles as so many of those places are). It is rare that I eat out alone while in Paris as my budget is usually very limited and I keep that budget for meals with friends.